Southwest UK Mapping Party 2007

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Hire car, used to do most of the mapping

A week of Devon/North Cornwall exploration in the weekend of 31 August - 3rd September 2007, based in Bideford

Why visit?

The southwest of England has long been a white area on the OSM map of England, and anyone wishing to criticise OSM finds it very easy to say "just look at Devon/Cornwall" when illustrating our lack of completeness.

It's also rather a lovely area to explore, with enough small hills for a good workout on the bike, and plenty of good pubs and tea shops to keep you going.

Places to map

Based in Bideford, a coastal town in North Devon (near to Braunston). Right next to Exmoor, and to other North-coast villages.

For anyone in the website there are many of your "green squares" in that area, places with fewer than one Creative Commons photo per square kilometer.

Lyd valley, Devon

Yahoo imagery now covers Plymouth, Torpoint and the Rame peninsula.

Map links


I still have some tracks to use and tag up round the Bude area, will try and do that before this event. I don't drive and have a pda that lasts 2 hours, but it was great fun mapping footpaths and stuff in such a blank area. I could possibly be convinced to come. - LastGrape

Stuff done

(areas touched - not necessarily covered!)

Coverage Uploaded

Tiverton (map) Walked around town Yes
Bideford (map) Walked around town Some
Barnstaple (map) Through roads only -
Appledore (map) -
Clovelly (map) All features Yes
Hartland point (map) Lots of country lanes Yes
Westward Ho! (map) through road only -
Woolacombe (map) Walked around Yes
Ilfracombe (map) Through roads only -
Watermouth (map) -
Combe Martin (map) Some detail
Martinhoe (map) -
Lynton (map) All roads Yes
Lynmouth (map) All features Yes
Simonsbath (map) -
Exmoor (map) Two routes across (NS and EW, including the cycle route) Yes
Dulverton (map) Touched -
Exebridge (map) Through road only -
Filleigh (map) Through road only -



New tags required, or tags to check

  • Funicular railway (using railway=rail just between 2 stations)
  • Gradient of roads
  • Cost of parking (and mark free car-parks in different colour please!)
  • food=yes (on pubs)
  • accommodation=yes (on pubs)
  • bowling green
I've been using leisure=pitch and sport=bowls TomChance 12:46, 6 September 2007 (BST)
  • cattle grids (highway=cattle_grid)
  • toll booth (with honesty box)
  • place=junction (named road junctions)
  • lay-by (roadside parking for 2-3 cars)
  • skate park (sport=skateboard?)
  • ticket office (location you need to visit before travelling a particular route - see proposed Tag:office=travel_agent?)
  • public internet access (internet cafe, public library, etc)


  • Tauntons Hotel has £40/night available for Friday/Saturday
  • Knapp House camp site seems to be the closest to Bideford (about a mile or two). £6 for a tent.

Who's coming

  • Grant Slater - Driving from London, anyone need a lift? - Unable to make it
  • Ojw - With car, will have laptop (with garmin serial cable) and Geko GPS
  • Robneild - Probably down Thurday to Tuesday. Staying at Knapp House camp site, Bideford. My mobile 07941122449.
  • Eleanor (OJW's sister) with Geko GPS