Fa­mil­iar fan­tasy lands

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp -

An am­a­teur car­tog­ra­pher from the Lake District has set out on a quest to de­pict all of Bri­tain’s na­tional parks in the style of au­thor JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the

Rings de­signs. Dan Bell, who grew up in Crook near Win­der­mere, made his home na­tional park the first of his Tolkien-style cre­ations in Septem­ber 2017. Since then he has drawn the ma­jor­ity of the 14 other na­tional parks, in­clud­ing the Cairngorms, York­shire Dales and the Peak District. Each map takes him a whole day to com­plete and Dan, who is a bi­ol­o­gist and a keen

Trail reader, hopes to com­plete the rest of the na­tional parks by this spring. The 25-year-old said he uses OS maps for ref­er­ence when draw­ing his maps but his de­signs aren’t made with ac­cu­racy in mind.

A life­long Lord of the Rings fan who has read all of Tolkien’s nov­els, Dan is a keen hill­walker too – his Wain­wright count cur­rently stands at 34, while he’s also a trainee moun­tain leader. Per­haps bi­as­edly, Dan lists Pavey Ark in Great Lang­dale as his favourite peak, due to the ‘mind-blow­ing views’ at the sum­mit. Now, we’re not sug­gest­ing you ditch your OS maps and head to the hills with Dan’s draw­ings, but they’re cer­tainly damn good fun to look at!

Ogle some more of Dan’s amaz­ing work at www.mid­dleearthmaps.com

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