VISITORS and residents in Steep will be able to look at the village in a whole new way thanks to a new outdoor map installed at a beauty spot.

The new aluminium map board sits at the top of Mill Lane overlooking the Ashford Hangers and gives people the perfect view of the surrounding area.

Installed by Steep Parish Council, the map was partially paid for by contributions from other organisations, including a £250 councillor grant from East Hampshire District Council ward member Nick Drew.

Hampshire County Council also made a contribution.

Jim MacDonald, of Steep Parish Council, said: “One of the objectives from our Parish Plan is to help residents and visitors enjoy our outstanding landscape to the full, whether that is interpreting the view using our new map board or tramping our many footpaths.”

The map includes key attractions and landmarks the Poet’s Stone, Lutcombe Pond, the Shoulder of Mutton and wildflowers that grow in the area, as well as the network of footpaths and bridleways.

Its lofty location allows walkers and cyclists to stop and admire the view and plan their route as they get to know the village.

Mr Drew said: “The new map is a beautiful addition to the village and really enhances the experience for people who are walking through, as well as the residents themselves. I was delighted to be able to help and more than happy to put £250 of my councillor grant fund toward the scheme.”

East Hampshire district councillors are each allocated £4,500 each year to support projects which benefit their communities.