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Lake District goes down the Tube

Posted 5 April 2011
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Lake District goes down the Tube
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Those who may yearn swap a crowded London tube train for a tent amid the fresh air and greenery of the Lake District may wonder what to make of a new map of the national park.

Made by London-based geography teacher Peter Burgess, it made in the style of the underground map, but instead mapping out various features of the Lake District.

It is linked to the writings of Alfred Wainwright, with the seven 'lines' being colour codes, each based on one of the author's pictorial guides to the fells.

And it also shows the route of the Coast-to-Coast walk as it crosses the national park.

Proceeds of sales will include donations to the Fix the Fells project, with Mr Burgess hoping to raise £5 million for the footpath maintenance scheme.

The map will not, of course, offer an alternative to Ordnance Survey maps when it comes to the fine details of fells, which may be vital when navigating in poor visibility or on potentially dangerous ground such as crags and cliffs.

Electrical draughtsman Harry Beck created the famous Tube map in 1933, based on a circuit board.