The Landscape Detectives have been very busy of late hence the lack of posts which I am sorry about. Of course part of the problem was the impressive nature of Clare’s report on Broomhead moor which none of us felt we could top!
However here I am trying to avoid real work. We did spend a lovely ten days in the Snowdonia National Park last month and had a great time. I mostly wandered around pointing at things and chatting to Welsh farmers about sheep, no jokes please, whilst the rest of us carried out a geophysical survey of a non-existent church and a jolly big standing stone, Llech Idris. An intensive survey of an abandoned farmstead was also undertaken by Clare who is currently drawing it up in ArcGIS with her, not inconsiderable, computer skills and I’m sure she’ll put up the end result to entice everyone to study post-medieval welsh farmhouses!
Whilst procrastinating I was looking a the Countryside Council for Wales website and came across their map for open access land which you can find here Countryside access map. It’s one of the best online maps I’ve found. I think it is based on OS data and moves around very easily and zooms into 1:5,504 although this is just a blown up 1:10,000 map. Nevertheless this provides alot of detail and different layers can be used or not. It just seems to be the most user friendly and intuitive online maps I’ve seen.
I’m off to get cracking on a fascinating report on my findings in north Wales, if anyone is interested please get in touch!