It is important that our project does no harm. Most things in the world are out of our control, however the production of our maps is something we can make decisions about.
We always wanted to make a waterproof version of our maps, a light weight, super durable map for all seasons. However as we began to design them and learn lessons from the project, we realised we had to stick to uncoated paper. Unlike other maps, we have chosen to include a few stories rooted in the areas we cover. We always try and choose places that are long lasting, natural features and long forgotten folklore being our favourite stories to share. However the inclusion of more fleeting places, to purchase provisions for example, means our maps occasionally need updating. So we opted for a paper map that can be easily recycled if needed, rather than a plastic coated one that cannot. We take care when choosing our materials, using recycled paper, thin enough to be lightweight but thick enough not to tear in the slightest wind.
This means we have created something slightly less hardwearing than its waterproof counterpart. So for particularly keen hikers, whose maps have been used over and over again, or are starting to fall apart and look a little worse for wear, we will happily replace your map for free, so you can continue to explore in all seasons, for years to come.
If you find yourself in need of a replacement map then please fill in the form below. And if you have any photos of your map in its natural outdoor habitat or at the end of its life after much use, then please do send them this way.
We hope that This Way will continue to grow indefinitely, and replacement maps are an important part of our project. But as we never quite know what the future may hold, we can't promise they will always be available. But we do promise to always do no harm.