Ordinance Survey Maps

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sarahelaine sarahela…
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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.
ajdennis1980 says:
Defiantly take a map if your off walking in any of the National Parks. Having been caught both in Snowdonia and the Lakes when the weather has turned bad and not being able to see further than the end of my arm, they are essential! Also you'll need a compass!
Posted on: Apr 01, 2009
sylviandavid says:
good information....
Posted on: Jan 09, 2009
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