Digital map of UK

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 08:53
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Being dragged overseas in October by the Minister for finance, so no Birdsville trip this year.
Question for the forum, do any of you know where I can get a digi map of the UK. No need to have super detail, just major roads / towns. Tried the local map shop and all they had was a super version for $185.
Thanks
Vince
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Reply By: Member - Burto (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:28

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:28
Have at look at "Google Earth", its a freeby, you really need broadband to use it due to the size. I was playing with it yesterday and had a look at Birmingham UK, the detail is very impressive,
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:43

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:43
Thanks Burto, had a look at Google Earth.
I did not explain myself well in the orig post. Need digi map to use on Oziexplorer.
Vince
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:50

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 09:50
We used one of those large map books and found it very good. At night check out the places to go the next day, wrote down the route numbers on a note pad. All the roads are numbered with a different letter in front for major/minor roads.

A bit harder in Ireland, so the wife drove while I navigated. Luckey the map was in both Irish and English. Wales is much the same.
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Reply By: slow mower - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 11:50

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 11:50
Got just the thing for you. Have a look at UK Interactive Atlas it is available in Oz and cost is less than $100 I have had a copy for some years and it is GREAT. Easy to use and great detail, also enables you to place your own 'waypoints' etc

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 13:21

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 13:21
Saw this on the Map Shop web site for $89. Do you know if it will work with Ozi ?
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Follow Up By: slow mower - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 16:47

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 16:47
I doubt it. It is a free standing fully functioning digital mapsoftware that enables you to view, search, plot etc To use it, you would need to have access to a computer/laptop etc
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Reply By: Member - t0me (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:10

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:10
What do you want to look at the digital map on?
You taking a laptop with you? or is it just for planning in advance?

www.streetmaps.co.uk
www.multimap.co.uk
and the RAC route planner would help you plan in advance.

Once you get there, there are lots of good map books, and the hire car will have one in it.
If going GPS then Destinator or TomTom are your best bets, and personally I wouldn't want to drive there without one or the other.
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Follow Up By: Member - t0me (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:12

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:12
Just saw your followup.

Ozi CE? or Ozi on a laptop?
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 13:19

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 13:19
tOme, Will be using Lap top both on trip and in pre trip planning.
I will check out thsites yo suggest.
Thanks
Vince
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Follow Up By: Member - t0me (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 16:33
Hmmm, not sure what you could use for turn-by-turn on a laptop while there. I'd be really tempted to buy a Tomtom Go while there, and trial it, you can always return the item before you leave if you are not happy with its suitability for use back home...

The roads in any unfamiliar place add to the stress of driving, some different road rules, you can do without the added tension of trying to navigate too. Could be a lifesaver.

I've driven all over the UK with a map, but since getting the GPS on my PDA a couple of years ago I'd never be without it on foreign roads.

Oh yeah, fyi in case you've not driven there before. Keep left is not just a suggestion, only overtake on the right had side of someone, (otherwise its called undertaking, is illegal and p!ss3s people off no end). Motorbikes are allowed to filter through traffic so don't be surprised if they do. The speed on the motorway is 80m/hr but unless you do over a ton (100m/hr) the cops never pull you over except if the speed's marked lower due to road works (a common thing in the UK too). The traffic lights are slightly different too, after a red light, they go red/amber before going green.
You can drive in the UK for up to 12 months on your aussie license.

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