Posted by: wildswimmers | September 23, 2015

Putting wild swimming on the map!

This year all the Ordnance Survey maps are being re-branded with new cover photos and one of these (Jura & Scarba 355) features our very own Lottie Goodlet swimming the Sound of Jura against a backdrop of the famous Paps of Jura.  This really puts wild swimming “on the map” in a big way.  I can modestly tell you that I took the photo, but that was very easy compared to what Lottie did, swimming several miles across a strongly tidal stretch of water, dangerously close to the greatly-to-be-feared Gulf of Corryvreckan!

The new OS Explorer 1: 25 000 maps with mobile download included are available now.

The new Landranger 1: 50 000 maps will be available early next year.



  1. And of course you have walked up one of those Paps!

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Wonderful – OS fame for Charlotte!


  3. That is so amazing Iona – what a claim to fame for you and Lottie. It’s a beautiful photo, sums up what it’s all about.


    • Thank you so much – it was really unexpected – a competition I entered months ago! And thanks for re-blogging xx


      • I reckon the OSS will want an interview… It’s the most incredible feeling looking at the expanse of water, Jura, Lottie in the middle. Wow! xxx


  4. Reblogged this on wildwomanswimming and commented:
    A deserved OS coup for the wonderful wild swimmers of Argyll. And what a photo.


  5. Wow. I am really impressed. I will boast to everyone that I know the photographer and swimmer. That’s a really iconic image on a particularly special map. Congratulations.


    • Oh thank you Jane for such a lovely comment X


  6. Wow, the fame!!! Fabulous photo too. Will definitely have to buy one xxx


  7. Lovely! I hope they are also admitting that the photos are part of what’s shown on the maps then. Always slightly amused and also irritated at the ridiculous caveat that is printed on my maps that says they do not guarantee that the picture is from an area of the map (when clearly it is) and only illustrates the type of landscape and / or activity to be had in that area!


    • Well in this case they could hardly deny it as the Paps of Jura are world famous!


  8. Wow congratulations Iona, what an honour, and a beautiful picture. Have you received a sooper dooper prize??


    • Thank you! I got a prize of a free map for each of my photos (two) and a year’s free subscription to the online mapping service. Haven’t tried that yet but I think it will be really useful. X


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