I’ve been pondering on adding a map for a couple of weeks. Somehow looking at where you have been on a map is a bit more memorable and interesting than just looking down a list, well for me it is. I guess though that’s due to the fact that flying and maps are so intertwined I’ve spent so much time in the past pouring over maps for flying in various parts of the world than I have ever done caravanning.
Actually creating the map was fairly easy using Google Maps and then embedding the map in an iframe in the WordPress page. The only thing that you need to do is create a Google account if you don’t already have one and create your own map and start adding the map pins. There is a lot of useful info to be found on the Google Maps support page. For embedding it into your WordPress theme, it’s quite simple and its all explained on the WordPress support page for Google Maps.
Anyway, if you want to look at this marvellous cartographical creation… the link is on the top menu bar…. or you can just click on Trip Map.
Thanks for reading
John Aldridge said:
Just done the QC on your revised map and all is correct! (The reason I spotted it is that I live just down the road).
Not sure about any “funnies” on maps – Ordnance Survey had too good a reputation to let anything sneek through … unless you know better? But what OS do do is insert deliberate mistakes to non-critical data to keep a track on IPR (I think they call them “fingerprints”). AA Mapping were caught out a few years ago by a particular small bend in a river which doesn’t actually exist, and it cost them about £20 million !
I’ll try to make sure I get it right next time now I know you will be keeping an eye on me 🙂
There was a story that several years ago the British Army were revising their maps and a a couple of young surveyors edited the contour lines on a particular hill in India (I did say it was a few years ago!) to look like a couple of elephants.
John Aldridge said:
Simon, speaking as a man who made maps for over 40 years – a marvellous cartographical creation indeed! But I must point out that ‘Lady Hays’ is actually ‘Lady Heyes’.
Excellent blog, John
Obviously showing just how accurate you have to be as a cartographer. Sadly I’m a bit lacking on those skills. It is to be hoped that I’ve corrected my error and Lady Heyes is now wearing her correct name!
Maps have been a large part of my life – mainly air maps, but I’m always amazed at the detail that is included, including some of the “funnies” that cartographers sometimes include.
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