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Cambrian Way Maps

Cambrian Way Maps - Overall Maps

Overall Maps of Cambrian Way - Online maps

Printable A4 Map of Full Route and Variants

Files in MS Word format are available for free download. These can be found on the Guidebook page at

Online Map of Full Route and Variants

An online map of the whole of Cambrian Way Route with the 21 Stages plus Optional Variants is available at: This shows numbered Marker Flags at the start of each of the main stages and other markers showing variants and checkpoints. The map initially shows the whole of Wales but can be zoomed in or out by the + or - buttons at the top left and dragged to re-centre the map to the desired position.

The map includes mileage markers along the route and variants, however, these add greatly to the amount of storage required in the cache of devices and this may cause malfunctioning if there is insufficient space.

To overcome the above problem, an alternative map is available without mileage markers at: at:

Overall Map of Main Route

Overall Map
Overall Map

Cambrian Way Maps - Wild Wales

Map of Wild Wales - by Wildland Research Unit
Wild Wales Map
Wild Wales Map

Cambrian Way Maps - Geology Map

Geology of Wales - map
geological map
Click on map to open it in a new window that can be enlarged to full size

(not necessary on Android devices where it can be expanded in situ)
geological map  

Cambrian Way Maps - Geology Table

Geology of Wales - geological table
geological table
Click on table to open it in a new window that can be enlarged to full size

(not necessary on Android devices where it can be expanded in situ)
geological table  

Cambrian Way Maps - Paper Maps

Ordnance Survey Paper Maps - covering Cambrian Way route

Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure and Explorer maps at 1:25,000 are recommended. Although the outlay is considerable at 7.99 each, (minimum of nine required), most are double sided. The latest edition was especially timed to show all public access land, and are better value than the 1:50,000 Landranger maps, which do not show enough detail and are all single sided. The 1:250,000 map of Wales gives the whole picture and is useful for planning and distant view identification.

Outdoor Leisure and Explorer Maps 1:25,000 Scale

Map Type / No. Title
Explorer 151 Cardiff & Bridgend (see note 1 below)
Explorer 152 Newport & Pontypool
Explorer OL 13 Brecon Beacons National Park Eastern Area
Explorer OL 12 Brecon Beacons National Park Western Area
Explorer 187 Llandovery
Explorer 213 Aberystwyth & Cwm Rheidol
Explorer 214 Llanidloes & Newtown (see note 2 below)
Explorer 215 Newtown & Machynlleth
Explorer OL 23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake
Explorer OL 18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala
Explorer OL 17 Snowdon

Landranger Maps 1:50,000 Scale

Map Type / Number Title
Landranger 171 Cardiff, Newport & surrounding area
Landranger 161 Abergavenny & the Black Mountains
Landranger 160 Brecon Beacons
Landranger 147 Elan Valley & Builth Wells area
Landranger 135 Aberystwyth & surrounding area
Landranger 124 Dolgellau & surrounding area
Landranger 115 Snowdon & surrounding area

Note 1 Explorer Map 151 is required for the nine miles from Cardiff Castle to the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway at Rudry. Alternatively there is an online OS Maps service provided by the Ordnance Survey where the missing section can be downloaded and printed in limited detail for FREE or in full detail by subscription.

Note 2 Explorer Map 214 is required for less than 3km of the route, just past the summit of Plynlimon. This could be walked using the guidebook only or the missing section can be printed using the OS Maps Service as above. A grid reference of SN814876 in the 'Search' field will get to the area and the map can be zoomed, positioned and printed.

Grid Numbering on 1:25,000 Maps

Ordnance Survey maps have grid numbers printed at 10km intervals along each axis. This means that a folded map in a map case has only about a 30% chance of having grid numbers visible on both axes. To avoid having to remove maps from the map case whenever a grid reference is required, it is recommended that repeat numbering is marked on the maps close to the route wherever necessary, before commencing the walk.

Cambrian Way Maps - OS Maps Online

Ordnance Survey Online Mapping - OS Maps

The Ordnance Survey have now replaced their Getamap service by OS Maps.

There are three levels of access to the service giving different facilities as follows:

  1. Guest - FREE service with a very limited range of facilities: Zoomable map with contours but without footpaths and limited detail of natural features, plus Aerial Map, Directions, Places and Route Plotting but not Saving, Importing or Exporting. Attempts to use most other facilities result in redirection to a Login/Registration/Subscription Page.
  2. Registered User - FREE service with a limited range of facilities: Zoomable map with contours but without footpaths and limited detail of natural features, plus Aerial Map. Includes A4 printing and Importing, Creating and Exporting of GPX Files.
  3. Subscriber - Access to the full range of facilities and 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 maps as well as unlimited A3 or A4 printing for a subscription of 2.99 monthly, 23.99 per year (2022 prices). Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time and can be used on PC, tablet or mobile phone from the same subscription.

For those planning to walk the Cambrian Way, this could be a more economical way of obtaining maps of the route than buying paper maps and it may be worth paying the subscription fee for the convenience of printing customised map sections of the route. It must also be remembered that printer consumables add to the cost, and some printers are considerably more expensive to run than others. There is also the disadvantage that prints from inkjet printers can be ruined if they get wet, whereas those from laser printers are more durable.

Please Note that currently it is possible to download 1:25,000 of the route on A4 sheets from Download Maps on the Guidebook page. However, OS Maps is still useful for printing maps of areas not covered by these i.e. accommodation that is some way off-route or for other walks. The mobile phone App can also pre-load maps that can then be used where there is no phone signal, the position being located by GPS.