Subtitled Cycling Country Lanes & Byways, this map from Goldeneye is at an ideal scale for road-based cycling. Like the old Bartholomew’s maps, it’s two miles to an inch (1:126,720), so you won’t need two or three for a day’s ride.
It’s laminated, too, which makes it tougher and more water resistant, and is twosided. Contours are shown by coloured shading, at 0-50 metres, 50-100m, and then at 100m intervals. This gives a general impression of the terrain but little detail, so there’s not much clue, for example, that Rosedale Chimney is as steep as it is.
The cartography is quite clear, and there are 16 suggested circular cycling routes, ranging from five to 52 miles. These are in nice areas, too, although there are some equally nice unmarked routes nearby. Some small details are left off, despite a 2005 revision: Lockton Youth Hostel is missing and one of the listed theme parks was bulldozed years ago. On balance, I prefer Harvey maps (www.harveymaps.co.uk), which, like Goldeneye, focus on tourist areas. They’re 1:100k, are also on waterproof paper, but have 15m contours and more detail. Other maps in this series from Goldeneye include: Dartmoor & South Devon, Exmoor & North Devon, Kent, Norfolk, North East Cornwall, South & West Cornwall, Suffolk, Sussex & South Surrey and the Yorkshire Dales.