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Fieldsman Trails Ltd, a pioneering publisher based in Mold, North Wales, has for fifteen years devoted itself to the publication of mapping information for the urban and rural environments in alternative formats. Fieldsman Trails has recognised that whilst physical access within our environment has taken significant leaps forward; the biggest barrier is the lack of information, resulting in people simply not knowing what access provisions are already available.

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  • Fieldsman's Mountains, "Out of the Darkness come Hillscapes for us all to enjoy":

Born out of my original tactile drawings that allow blind people to know our mountain heritage, are now they are available in a range of products for us ALL to enjoy. Having revisited the original images, colour has been added to enhance the visual experience and they are now available on Coasters, Notelets (in relief), Porcelane mugs, Place mats, Jigsaws, and illustrated Maps.
Images currently available:
Wales: Tryfan; Y Llwydd; The Cantilever; Crib Goch; Snowdon; Adam & Eve; Devils Kitchen.
Scotland: Sgur nan Gillain; The Cobler; Braich Ty Du Face; Snob Coire nan Lochan; Ben Cruachan; Ben Lui.
Lake District: Great Gable; Pillar Rock; Fleetwith Pike; Scafell; Coniston Old Man; Langdale Pikes; Pavey Ark; Wastwater Screes.

.........and amongst them in his favourite hills and mountains, there's A.W.

Groups of four images are also available mounted ready to frame as a panorama.

Illustrated Maps: At a smaller scale the images populate a series of coloured Illustrated Maps covering: Snowdonia; Lake District; Offas Dyke; Coast to Coast; Mawddach Trail; Pembrokeshire Coastal Path; Brecon Beacons; North Wales Pilgrims Way.

The image shows six shelves containing a variety of products. On the bottom shelf there are images of Alfred Wainwright as a Jigsaw and Place mat.
Next two mugs with either side  mountain notelet cards.
On the third shelf four coasters with mountain illustrations.
Next four mugs with similar mountain illustrations.
Then across the next shelf four mountain pictures mounted and framed as one panorama.
And finally at the top part of an illustrated map.

  • 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of Fieldsman Trails.... a time to celebrate:

I've been 20yrs working under the banner of fieldsman Trails in the field of Accessibility; so is it a time to celebrate? On a personal basis, following redundancy in 1992 - yes; on a personal basis as a non disabled person being listened to by my disabled collegues and friends - yes; on a personal basis having (hopefully) benefited disabled people through various activities - yes. In my previous life in construstion design, a phrase learnt from an eminent engineer was,"objections are opportunities to promote innovative ideas". It seems that as far as the Access debate goes, many stop having ideas beyond ramps and wide doors! I was fortunate for an eight year period to act within the Tourism Industry as the Accessibility Adviser to WTB and subsequently Visit Wales. It was unfortunate for everyone, that when my contract ended, the post was discontinued in 2009. A lot has improved, but Accessibility does not have a gestation period of eight or even twenty years, to then give birth to a new dawn of awareness! It is ongoing, continuing to affect people through man made discrimination all of their lives. And Tourism isn't just about the B&B, or Hotel or Attraction to visit. It spills over into all the elements that make up a good holiday experience, from getting there, shopping, dining and the attitudes of local people. But what I really do celebrate is not any personal "milestone", but the lives of those thousands of disabled people whose commitment, strength and courage, drives them on in overcoming every day barriers. And that has been and is my driving force in demonstrating, similar to what my engineer friend said years ago that "Barriers to access are only solutions in disguise".

  • "Access for All" - the Tourism Sector:

From Hotels to Guest Houses, Countryside to Forest Parks ; Ancient Monuments to Historic Houses, accessibility (physical, sensory and intellectual), is a natural consequence of welcoming every visitor, which also helps towards a sustainable business environment.

Giving Access information

Trailmessenger Accessibility Maps - maps in a variety of formats, electronic to braille, showing routes and their suitability for us all to travel.

Town /Site Audits/ Accommodation - survey to highlight barriers to access, physical, sensory and intellectual, and give recommendations.

Writing Access Statements - to meet the requirements of tourism grading schemes.

Maps and Plans of Hotels/Attractions and near-by towns in large print and Braille format. Also for down loading from websites.

Alternative format maps - Lake District, Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire.

Accessible places to visit - Itineries for walks,accommodation,and Information on available Guide books to accessible places.

Events - Live commentary guided walks

Recent Projects:

Accessibility Advisor to the Tourism industry across Wales. During the years 2001 - 2009 on behalf of Visit Wales advised accommodation and attraction providers regarding initiatives to improve Access for us ALL.

Country Park Survey/Audit, that included the Clwydian Range, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Visitor Centre. Identifying areas to improve Accessibility regarding, Physical, Sensory and intellectual aspects.

Contract Work
Working under the umbrella of Fieldsman Trails Ltd, Colin is available for contracts on a day rate or short term monthly contracts, within the area of accessibility. (access officer, access adviser to the Tourism and retail sector or talks, and walks as a guide for groups with specific requirement....etc). Please make contact if there is a project you would like to discuss, where my input would be of benefit. "Barriers to Access are only Solutions in Disguise"


  • The Lake District Collection:

    The Lake District Collection (prices on request) Pictures and Maps with a ,tactile quality,supplied with either  print or braille labels. Hand painted Illustrated Map (A3) Decorative Map (A3) Hills and Mountains over 150m (A3) ClearView Map showing towns,lakes,summits.(A3 paper) Coast to Coast “Map of Memories

  • The Wales Collection:

    The Wales Collection (prices on request) Pictures and Maps with a ,tactile quality,supplied with either  print or braille labels. Hand painted Illustrated Map Snowdonia (A3) Hand painted illustrated map of Afon Mawddach Trail (A3) or Canvas print ClearView Map showing towns,lakes,summits.(A3 paper) Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons. Offa‘s Dyke “Map of Memories” (A3) Bespoke hand painted or std coloured or print on canvas Decorative Maps(A3),Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons,Pembrokeshire

  • The Fossil Collection:

     The Fossil Collection  (prices on request) Images with a relief/tactile quality that allow you to Touch the past by bringing fossils “to Life“ on the page. Ammonites - Trilobites - etc Dinosaur skeletons - skulls,Homo Sapien etc  Excavation foundation layouts.(A4 - A3) Can be supplied as greetings cards or A5 fact sheets to build up a collection.

  • Voice Trails:

Snowdonia National Park Authority have commissioned Fieldsman Trails to produce walks information for MP3 downloads from their website. Maps will also be available for transcribing into Large print and Braille formats. The "Voice Trails" will take the walker along The Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth (9 miles) and through Coedydd Aber to Aber Falls (3 miles). Colin Antwis will also be leading groups of visually impaired walkers on "Live Commentary" walks along the same routes.

  • Order the Following from Fieldsman Trails:

Relief Maps of the Lake District, Snowdonia and Peak District
Talking Pictures
Personalised Tactile Greeting Cards in Large Print or Braille
ClearView, Tactile, Braille and Large Print Maps.
Map of Memories along Offas Dyke, Coast to Coast.

  • BarrierFreeMapô

Fieldsman Trails latest work has taken advantage of the Internet to help make their mapping information even more accessible. This work focuses on the barriers to physical access within Wrexham town centre and enables Wrexham County Borough Council to provide the general public with factual location based access information in multiple formats. This allows people to choose, using their preferred information format, their favoured route around the obstacles they will encounter in the town centre - information that is particularly valuable for disabled people.

Fieldsman Trails calls this approach to the provision of location based access information the BarrierFreeMap.

The BarrierFree Map proposition is simple: All location based access information shall be available to all people in all formats at a time and place of their choosing.

  • The Peter Rabbit TM Collection

    The Peter Rabbit TM Collection. Colourful Tactile images of the characters from the 23 “little books”. There’s….Squirrel Nutkin,Benjamin Bunny’ Mrs. Tiggy - winkle,Mr.Tod, Jemima Puddle - duck, Samuel Whiskers…etc, and Peter Rabbit himself. Prices, sizes - A5 - £2.00 :  A4 - £3.00 Provided with either print or braille titles they can be framed or   used to make up your own book of your favourite characters. Also to order, a hand painted portrait of B.P….Mrs.Heelis Prices : in mount ready to frame - £40.00 Print on canvas - £35.00 :  all are  plus P&P

  • Sensory Trail

Visit our Sensory Trail

  • Other Products and Services
  • Access Audits
  • Design Solutions
  • Voice Trails
  • Accessible Places to Visit: ClearView Maps
  • Gallery of Bird Pictures

In 2004 Fieldsman Trails received a bursary from the Eric Hosking Charitable Trust. These annual awards provide financial assistance for projects that promote, in particular, Bird Life through writing, photography, painting or illustration.

Eric Hosking was a foremost Bird Photographer who himself was partially sighted after loosing an eye when attempting to photograph a Tawny Owl in Wales. It is therefore doubly apt that Fieldsman Trails should receive a bursary for the preparation of a series of framed Tactile Bird images, that will enable blind and partially sighted people to explore through touch the different shapes of birds bodies, beaks and feet.

  • Fieldsman Trails Client List include Local Authorities, Charities and Individuals
  • Adams Consulting Engineers
  • B.T.C.V.
  • Cheshire County Council
  • Chester City Council
  • Chester Zoological Society
  • Childline Cymru-Wales
  • Clwydian Community Care NHS Trust
  • Coleg Gwynedd, Bangor
  • C.O.T.I.S.
  • English Heritage
  • Environmental Trainers Network
  • Flintshire County Council
  • Forest Enterprise
  • G.M.P.T.E.
  • Greenfield Valley Heritage Trust
  • Groundwork Trust
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Gwynedd County Council
  • Halton Borough Council
  • Hereford Cit Council
  • Jodrell Bank
  • Lake District National Park Authority
  • Leicester City Council
  • London V.I.P. Forum
  • National Trust
  • North Wales Wildlife Trust
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
  • Riding for the Disabled Association
  • R.S.P.B.
  • Snowdonia National Park Authority
  • Vale Royal Borough Council
  • VisitScotland
  • Wales Tourist Board / Visit Wales
  • Wigan M.B.C.
  • Wrexham County Borough Council

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