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alan_sh
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: Free topo maps? Reply with quote

I am chairman of our local scouting group and we want to buy 4 handheld GPS devices (such as the Garmin Etrex) for the scouts to assist in route planning, Geo-caching etc.

The problem I see is that I can buy the units but I also need to buy 4 x topo maps of the UK - which we cannot really afford.

So, are there any downloadable topo maps of England which will work on the Garmin devices?

Alan
[And please, no jokes about "whats wrong with compass!"]
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alan_sh
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I've found my own answer. The Scottish Mountaineering Club have downloadable maps which I can get into Mapsource and then transfer too my Etrex (I have one already).

Alan
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the SMC contours are excellent. They put a transparent layer of contours (and trig point / hill names) on the basemap of your Etrex.

But note that they are purely contours - no roads, no towns, no paths.

Dales.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also found this site http://sites.google.com/site/talkytoasteruk/ukmaps which has road and contour maps.

Alan
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