The Treasure Island Trail Map

This post’s map can also be found on the streets of Bristol and close by to the map in my last post. This is a map with a special cartographic connection, a connection with one of the best known maps in fiction, a map that inspired a genre.  

A public map in a public space in Bristol

Treasure Island Trail Map

I came across this map near Radcliffe bridge whilst making may back to Temple Meads station. It has been produced by the Long John Silver Trust to celebrate Bristol’s connection with Robert Louise Stevenson’s Treasure Island book.

The Treasure Island Trial

The map shows a route from Bristol Ferry stop 1 to stop 11. Along the way it visits events, locations and themes in the book such as:

  • The treasure map
  • The black spot
  • The captain’s papers
  • The spy hole
  • The apple barrel
  • The man of the island
  • Israel hands

Click to visit the Long John Silver Trust’s web page describing the route>

The Map

A simple map that uses typography to add a sense of time. The heading’s font and compass rose make a strange contrast with the App QR code. Queen’s Square forms a dominant feature of the map, a feature that the route circumnavigates.

A map that has inspired

It drew my attention to a link with place and fiction that I was not aware of, and to a book that I have never read, although heard much of. It also drew my attention a good excuse for a wander, and an excuse to read the book in atmospheric pubs within the scenes of the tale.  I have downloaded a copy of treasure Island on the Kindle and now what for the chance to immerse myself in a scene.

Click to search for Treasure Island on Amazon>



The Bristol M Shed map-about face

And just to prove my point on the blue style tourist information maps, here is the other side.

A west-up map

Visitor's map at the M Shed, Bristol

This is the reverse side of the information board on the last post. Presumably modern visitors cannot comprehend the north up concept, as the map is at a completely different orientation as the previous example. Perhaps car sat-navs have enabled this ability to read maps without a fixed link to north.

This map illustrates well the use of 3d depictions of buildings, a combination now found Cranes at M Shedin many tourist information boards.

Information about features shown on the map

Some websites to visit, with a tourist theme

Some more maps to explore

Across on my Navsbooks blSouth Caradon Mine shown on the 1886 OS mapog there is a growing  wealth of maps related to this famous Cornish Copper mine. So if maps fascinate you, pop across for a wander.

Click here to explore the South Caradon by maps>



Bristol M shed visitor map

A new series of cartography related posts for 2018. This year it is capturing the free Cartography available out there on the streets.

A Public map in public space

This map is one of many around Bristol displayed for visitor’s information. It is of a style common to those found in many cities around the UK. A style that mixes map with 3D representation of key buildings

The Map

M Shed area visitor map

The map is not ‘North up’ but what is to me the confusing ‘head-up’ layout. But then, I am a navigator, and not a lost visitor to the city.

The Map Location

The map is at ST58616 72310

Captured from Google Street view

The display board on street view


More maps to explore with an industrial heritage theme


To explore a Cornish Mine through maps then visit my Navsbooks website.

The joy of a real map rediscovered

In this post I have been tempted beyond the pyshcoheographical confines of ST 6280. Leaving the confines of Bradley Stoke behind as I explored the landscape revealed in an unfolded map.

The perfect Digital map of the UK

I have cartographicaly explored Grid square ST 6280 has up to this point through the excellent Ordnance Survey Get a Map app. This brings the whole of the OS explorer series only a click away on the Kindle. It’s ability to seamlessly fly around the country through the media of 1:25000 is a map lovers dream come true. The mountains and lowlands are there, the farmlands and urban landscapes are there, coast and estuary, hill and valley, all a quick download away.


Paper is back

And yet, this weekend I re-tasted the pleasures of a traditional map, and what joy that rediscovery was.

OS 155 (Explorer series Bristol and Bath)  was bought with the sole purpose of being able to explain to my wife where we could go exploring around Bristol.  It seemed much easier to finger trace routes on a spread out map then scroll and zoom around a small Kindle HD6 screen. But as soon as that un-creased, un-damaged map was opened for the first time I knew that there would be more to the map then a simple visual support to justify hikes through fascinating landscapes.

Looking beyond the immediate

The wide open expanse of the map was a revelation compared to the narrow window of the Kindle display. In an instant so much more of the landscape made sense. How all its components interrelated, how the topology played out across the miles portrayed and how mankind had played out its history in this corner of the world.

The OS Explorer Map (155) Bristol and Bath on Amazon >

Knots of Geography


Within seconds though, a far more important advantage of the paper map revealed itself. Fascinating locations to started to bubble up through the symbology. Locations that demanded visiting, demanded exploring. This are the knots of ge

ology, landscape and history that promise a reward to any inquisitive visitor.

These are the map readers equivalent to the Psychogeographers psychological pivot points.

Those seconds soon turned to minutes, and those minutes soon resulted in a collection of potential explorations. Something that did not occur in weeks of wandering through the digital landscape on the Kindle.

Where did it lead me?

It lead me to canals, aquaducts, Autumn colours, tea gardens, mills and railways, used  and disused, a WW1 war veteran and the birth place of one of the most important maps in the world. It also lead me to the realisation that


William Smith’s house at Tucking Mill, the world’s first geological map was created here

there is no other publication in the world as intense for exploring with the imagination then the OS 1:25000, the map lovers map; and long may it stay so .

William Smith’s Map

wp-1508263797014.jpg The map mentioned above is William Smith’s geological map, the birthplace mentioned is Tucking Mill near Monkton Combe. The map I am sure will form the subject of a future post, but if you want to learn more about its fascinating story I recommend reading Simon Winchester’s book, ‘The Map that Changed the World’.

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Dérive- A pyschogeaographical tool

Time to dig into the my reference book again and come back out with another pyschogeographical word.
The second of the two pyschographical tools also is blessed with a French name, Dérive. 

“Dérive A mode of experimental behaviour linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances. Also used to designate a specific period of continuous deriving.”

Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials (Paperback))

Transient passage through varied ambiances

This is the core concept of the definition, but a concept that does not offer much in practical advice on how to carry out a Dérive.

Merlin Coverley expands this defintion by explaining that a 
dériveur is conducting a psychogeographical investigation that results in a return home after noteing the ways in which the areas traversed resonate with particular moods and ambiences. The result of this activity is to arrive at the 

“central hypothesis of the existence of psychogeographical pivotal points”.


This word  features frequently in  the book, and appears fundamental to the idea of Psychogeography. It is  defined by the Oxford English dictionary as:

“The character and atmosphere of a place”

So it appears tvat the purpose of a Dérive is to obtain notes on the atmosphere of the locations wallked through. But then I may be wrong.

Psychogeographical pivotal points

Surely a term that has great potential, surely a term that is form the objective of my wanderings. Unfortunately there is just the one mention of the term by Coverley. I like the concept, I like the idea and therefore it is one I will run with.

Where is this psychogeographical series of posts  going?

Now armed with Dérive and Détournement this is where I will head.

  • Wander across grid square  ST 6280 
  • Record the journey with the Kindle 
  • Produce  collages of the images with the Kindle
  • Find those psychogeographical pivotal points
  • Add some map exploring along the way


What does Psychogeography give me to play with?

Equinox has passed, and it is a battle now to capture those pictures of ST6280 with my Kindle  on the decreasing slots that the sun offers. It is time now for this blog to attempt to find some hints within Merlin Coverly’s book on how to ‘do’ Psychogeography.

Two concepts

Within Psychogeography a pocket edition their appears to be two offered as tools to use, two tools beging with D, two tools with French names.

Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials (Paperback))

  • Détournement
  • Dérive

What is Détournement?

“Détournement Short for: détournement of pre-existing aesthetic elements. The integration of present or past artistic production into a superior construction of a milieu” Psychogeography (Pocket Essentials)- By Merlin Coverly

But what is a millieu?

A person’s social place. Oxford English dictionary

This appears to be saying that  Détournement is the mashing together some artwork into a new piece of work that represents the artist’s view of a location, its impact on their psychology. Perhaps that is right, or perhaps that is wrong, either way that an interpretation idea of the word that I can work with on this blog. I am not sure though I will learn to spell Détournement before this series of posts reach the end.

Picture some pictures

By coincidence I had been playing around with the photos taken so far in grid square ST 6280 and may have stumbled across something that loosely comes under the umbrella of Détournement. Using the Kindle Photo editor, pininterest, and screen capture I have found a way of changing those quickly grabbed shots into so thing new.

The Pinintrest Board

And so a medium has been stumbled upon, creating images from Pininterest for Pininterest, a visual multitracking.

Here is the board where the creation attempt is occurring.

Hopefully the board will move towards some creations that meet the Psychogeography concept of Détournement. If it does not, then am enjoying playing with the images, and it is making those daily trogs through the suburbs more bearable.

Did I mention Bradley Stoke?


The top part of  the grid square of  pyschogeogrsphical wanderings sits in the ‘new town’ of Bradley Stoke. This post digs into the collective source of all popular human knowledge, Wikipedia,  and attempts to find 10 interesting facts about ‘ Sadly Broke’.

Click  to read the Wikipedia article on Bradley Stoke>

Bradley Stoke Map Extract

An extract from the  Town Council’s Map showing the area of the Grid Square.

A pyschogeographical wander

To capture on Kindle the words ‘Bradley Stoke’; to capture on Kindle the corporate image of Bradley Stoke.

10 facts about Bradley Stoke


1. Although a suburb of Bristol, the town is in South Gloucestershire.


Bradley Stoke is Europe’s largest new town built with private investment.


3. The town was named after Bradley Brook and Stoke Brook streams.


4.The  town is  almost surrounded  by motorways, the M5, M4 and M32.


6. Baileys Court Farmhouse is the only original building that exists. It was used as offices by the towns developers before becoming the Bailey’s Court Inn.


7.Building in the town was originally in two locations, north and south, eventually working towards the centre.

8.The Stoke Brook flows through the middle of Bradley Stoke.

Click here for the Town Council’s website>
9.The area was once a farmland north of the village of Stoke Gifford.

10.High-interest rates during the early 1990s  led to the collapse of the property market in the area with many new homes falling into negative equity. This led to the branding of the new town as ‘Sadly Broke

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