Ordinance Survey Maps
Ordinance Survey Maps Reviews
Ordinance Survey Maps Jan 03, 2009
Ordinance Survey, or OS maps, are the standard maps you would need for hiking in the UK. I think most Brits take them for granted, but apparently the level of detail that the maps include are rare internationally and non-Brits don't necessarily know about them.
Ordinance Survey maps were originally the military maps for the UK, made by the army so that nobody could hide in some hollow they didn't know about. With the practical upshot that practically every hollow, standing stone and bump in the road is shown. The map will tell you whether there is a phone box, whether the church has a tower or a steeple, and where teh roman remains are. For quite a funny account of how this can lead people astray, see Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island.
If you are planning on heading off into the hills, an OS map is what you need. They are sold in most large fuel stations and all decent camping shops and larger bookshops, and come in versions for drivers or walkers, at regional or more local formats.
Part of the 2009 at last travel blog
Part of the list Leave London!
Part of the list Things I have done in Scotland
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!