The Trail Map XT40 series are a super light, waterproof set of maps covering some of the most popular long distance walks in the UK at 1:40,000. These are ideal for long distance walkers and section hikers who want a map for simple navigation when covering these long trails.
Harvey Maps says:
A good week’s walking on one map.
The Cape Wrath Trail is a challenging route from Fort William to Cape Wrath. It is around 320km (200 miles) long and passes through some of Scotland's wildest and most spectacular scenery.
This map covers the northern section of the route, from Strathcarron to Cape Wrath.
The trail has evolved from use and is not an officially recognised National Trail. There is no single definitive route. There are various ways of tackling the traverse all of which are highlighted on the map leaving the actual route choice to the individual walker.
This is rough country not to be underestimated. Some sections of the route will require an overnight stop in the mountains. This will either have to be wild camping or the use of a bothy. Bothies are shown on the map.
Harvey Map's Trail Map XT40 - Cape Wrath Trail North is perfect for anyone wanting a practical and durable map to cover large areas without the need for 1:25,000 level detail. The Harvey Maps use light, waterproof paper so they are much easier to use and store than traditional paper or laminated maps. I moved over to Harvey Maps a few years ago and love using them for the weight, slim profile and waterproof nature as they are much more practical to use out on the hill. The Trail Map XT40 series is perfect for long distance routes, whether thru hiking or section hiking these famous routes.
Due to the size of the map and the 1:40,000 scale I wouldn't take this to somewhere new where I would need to do a lot of navigation or straying far from the actual route of this particular walk but for picking out general features or use as a quick reference on your way this is hard to beat. If you haven't used Harvey Maps before they are different to OS maps but key features and symbols are easily understood and you soon get used to them.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear