Nicholas Crane travels across eight maps that changed the face of Britain. He uses a 1675 road map to traverse the trans-Pennine pass from York to Lancaster.
Modern explorer Nicholas Crane travels across eight maps that changed the face of Britain in a series of geographical challenges through some of today's wildest landscapes, telling the story of British mapmaking from the time of Chaucer through to the current generation of cyber-mappers. He uses the first ever road map from 1675 to lead him over the notorious trans-Pennine pass from York to Lancaster.
By mountain bike, in mid-winter, Nicholas tries to follow Ogilby's strip map route from York to Lancaster. He tries his hand at 17th century dimensuration - road surveying- and discovers along the way that old roads may fade away but, if you know what you're looking for, they never disappear.