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OS Map Resources

 

OS Map Resources

At Above and Beyond we know that map reading is not always a walk in the park. That's why we've put together this fantastic library of OS map resources perfect for walking enthusiasts, schools and Duke of Edinburgh participants. These official OS guides will give you a far greater understanding of OS maps and how to read them. We hope you find them of use.

OS Maps Reading Guides

Mastering how to read an OS map is vital, not only for your enjoyment and ease of exploration of the outdoors but also for your own safety. Getting lost in backcountry is potentially dangerous and could lead to a survival situation which you would no doubt prefer to avoid. At Above and Beyond we also recommend learning basic survival skills along with developing your map reading skills. However, for the moment here are our top OS map reading guides:

An Introduction

At first glance OS maps are highly complex, but you needn't think of them this way. If you want to understand more about OS maps then this introductory guide is the perfect place to start.

OS Maps - An IntroductionRead OS Maps - An Introduction

For Children

This guide is the perfect way for children to learn the basics of OS map reading. The guide contains lots of easily palatable information as well as exercise questions (and answers) in order for you to assess how much each child has learnt.

OS Maps Reading Guide - For ChildrenRead OS Maps Reading Guide - For Children

For Beginners

This guide is the perfect way for children to learn the basics of OS map reading. The guide contains lots of easily palatable information as well as exercise questions (and answers) in order for you to assess how much each child has learnt.

OS Maps Reading Guide - For BeginnersRead OS Maps Reading Guide - For Beginners

For Beginners to Advanced Users

This guide is the perfect way for children to learn the basics of OS map reading. The guide contains lots of easily palatable information as well as exercise questions (and answers) in order for you to assess how much each child has learnt.

OS Maps Reading Guide - For Beginners to Advanced UsersRead OS Maps Reading Guide - For Beginners to Advanced Users

For Advanced Users

This guide is the perfect way for children to learn the basics of OS map reading. The guide contains lots of easily palatable information as well as exercise questions (and answers) in order for you to assess how much each child has learnt.

OS Maps Reading Guide - For Advanced UsersRead OS Maps Reading Guide - For Advanced Users

OS Map Symbols

A vital part of mastering OS maps is a sound understanding of what the symbols mean. OS map symbols are displayed within the legend of a map and can vary depending on the scale of the data. Check out these detailed OS map symbol guides categorised by the scale of the map.

OS Landranger Symbols 1:50k

The 1:50k scale is used by OS Landranger maps (these are the ones that you will see with the pink covers). These are ideal for planning trips and give a detailed overview of roads and land. It is important to know what these Landranger symbols mean and to that end OS have produced this handy guide.

OS Landranger Symbols 1:50kRead OS Landranger Symbols 1:50k

OS Explorer Symbols 1:25k

The 1:25k scale is used by OS Explorer maps (the ones with the orange covers). These maps are ideal for planning walks and routes as they are much more detailed than their 1:50k Landranger counterparts. As such Explorer maps include symbols that are unique to this scale of map. These unique symbols are detailed in their own special guide below the generic 1:25k symbol guide.

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OS Map Key - Symbols Unique To 1:25kRead OS Map Key - Symbols Unique To 1:25k

OS Map Symbols 1:10k

The 1:10k scale is most often used for large scale and regional planning purposes. You will not come across maps of this scale in the shops too often as this data is mostly only available to purchase direct from OS Mapping and Data Centres (such as Above and Beyond).

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OS Map Abbreviations

OS Maps feature many abbreviations. It is not always inherently clear what these abbreviations mean so we have sourced this fantastic little OS guide that details all of the major abbreviations used in the OS map range.

OS Map Abbreviations - 1:25k and 1:50kRead OS Map Abbreviations - 1:25k and 1:50k

OS Map Coordinates

An easy way of finding a location on a map or GPS is by using a Grid Reference or Coordinates. The National Grid consists of a network of grid references that signify specific locations (areas) within the British Isles. Coordinates are a worldwide system based upon latitude and longitude. They can be used to pin-point a location whilst a grid reference will only place you in roughly the right area. Think of coordinates as being a specific dot (point) on a map and a grid reference as being a square (area). When it comes to navigating the UK it is extremely beneficial to have an understanding of both.

The National Grid - A Guide For ChildrenRead The National Grid - A Guide For Children

OS Map Coordinates - A Detailed GuideRead OS Map Coordinates - A Detailed Guide

Where to Buy OS Maps

Now that you're an expert on map reading you may want to buy OS maps to test out your new found skills. With such a myriad of suppliers out there it is hard to know who to buy from. Never fear, at Above and Beyond we supply the entire OS maps range at fantastic discounts. What's more, if you're a business, organisation, group or simply someone who buys OS maps in bulk then you can also apply for a trade account. When it comes to maps and outdoor equipment you're in safe hands with Above and Beyond.

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