http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmasters/3720781548/ They show aerial views . They have been scaled down , some have a scale to allow you to work out distances between features. They have simplified the area- some focus on one feature, everything else is stripped away. Other have no scale at all, you can’t work out the distance between places.
Some have keys , that allow you to interpret symbols on the map- this means the map isn’t overcrowded with labels and annotations.
We’re all psycho- geographers... We carry little internal maps within our heads of a place, these develop over time with experience. No two people have the same experience or internal map.
Produce a map from memory of the area around your home.
My home area. Key Home Westwood Road Dale Terrace houses Cafe Pound shop Dentist Church Phone Try and make your map cover the largest area possible, until your memory is exhausted...