Walking for pleasure is a glorious activity enjoyed by people of all ages. It is relaxing and good for the spirits and is now recognised as one way people can keep healthy and active throughout a long and satisfying life. It is the map that opens the door to exploration of new places enabling people to find enjoyment in fresh views, different countryside and interesting wildlife.
We set up the company in 1977 to produce maps that would give people the freedom to enjoy walking and running in open spaces. From the beginning we sought to make our maps clear and easy to read. We passionately believe a map should be an aid, not a challenge. Given British weather, we also said from the start that they must be waterproof if they are to be used outdoors.
Later we applied this thinking also to cycling maps.
We think it vital that our maps are detailed, so users can find their way confidently. To be reliable they also need to be up-to-date. To achieve these aims we construct our maps from original air surveys. That way we can spend extra time on the contours, for example, and we leave off things you don't need when you are using the map outdoors - so no parish boundaries.
For us, mapmaking is an art as much as a science. Our skilled team of cartographers concentrates on making each map pleasing to the eye, but above all serviceable and reliable.
This focus on practical use has been recognised over the years by 14 awards for quality and innovation. We are constantly on the lookout for ever better materials to print on, new ways to show the information, and handier ways to fold the map sheet.
Users tell us that HARVEY maps are the best in the field when it comes to navigating in the hills. This is our aim. We invite you to try them for yourself and we hope you will join our fan club!