“Give me a map to look at, and I am content. Give me a map of country I know, and I am comforted: I live my travels over again; step by step, I recall the journeys I have made; half-forgotten incidents spring vividly to mind, and again I can suffer and rejoice at experiences which are once more made very real. Old maps are old friends, understood only by the man with whom they have traveled the miles.”
This Way started as an experiment in map making. We discovered that we frequently walked the same routes in a small corner of Sussex, and over the years had gathered a number of stories and things to look out for when out on the Downs.
Exploring these paths is how we'd spend our weekends, either alone, or with friends, sometimes with a destination in mind, other times for the journey itself.
When we started this project we were both looking for ways that being outdoors could become part of our working lives. So we decided to map the area we knew, starting with the footpaths surrounding Brighton.
We now map other areas, with the aim to release a new map every year. We also work with companies to design custom maps for various events and spaces.
This Way is Emily Macaulay and Felicity Rowley. When we are not making maps we can often be found outside, walking up mountains, connecting places on foot or on bikes and exploring the UK's more unusual tourist attractions.
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