Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast, an avid hill-climber, or just want to explore the Great British countryside in the sunshine, Summer is an exciting time of the year for those who love the outdoors, and keeping fit and active.
With the British Summer now in full swing, the team at Maps International are itching to get out and about, and we’ve come up with the ultimate inspiration for everyone who shares our enthusiasm for the great outdoors.
Named after Sir Hugh Munro, an original member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, a Munro is defined as any mountain in Scotland over 3000ft, and there are a whopping 282 of them dotted around the Highlands. The goal is to ‘bag’ each one by hiking to the very summit. Bag them all and you earn the enviable title of ‘Munroist’.
If you’d rather experience the beauty of the Lake District National Park from up high, Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guide to Lakeland Fells depicted 214 hills in total, which are also a popular challenge for ‘baggers’. In 2008, a boy of six became the youngest person to have completed all of the Wainwrights, with his name added to a register kept by the Long Distance Walkers Association of those who have successfully bagged all 214.
If either of these sounds like a worthy challenge for you, our Collect & Scratch Munro-Bagging and Wainwright Hill-Bagging prints are the perfect companion, allowing you to scratch off each summit, plan the next, and keep a running tally of your bagging progress.
Cycle to the Top
If you’d rather pedal than plod, the UK also offers a wealth of stunning cycle routes, including some notoriously tough cycle climbs. From favourites such as Black Mountain and The Tumble, to formidable peaks such Trooper Lane and Shibden Wall. Our UK Cycle Climbs print showcases 75 must-climb routes across England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, all colour coded for steepness. Where would you start?
For those who have already undertaken their challenge and lived to tell the tale, we also have a wide range of stylish, personalised prints to hang proudly to showcase your achievements. Perhaps the ultimate distance and longevity challenge – whether you’re on foot, or on a bicycle – is the 874-mile journey from Land’s End to John o’Groats. Or maybe you took on the Three Peaks Challenge and completed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon?
Even if you haven’t started yet, it’s the perfect time of year to get out and make it happen!