Ordnance Survey has recently updated its new online mapping tool, OS Maps, to show more detail and add new features that make planning your next British holiday, day out or activity easier.
The revised ‘standard map’ – available to both subscribers and free registered users– now shows basic contour lines and hill shading, and allows you to zoom in far enough to clearly see individual buildings.
Walkers and off-road bikers will probably want to upgrade to a subscription (starting at £17.95 for 12 months), which shows the classic OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps with off-road walking and cycling routes.
The recent update has also improved the route planning functions, with optional automatic route centring, a quick undo for when you’ve added a waypoint in the wrong place and an elevation profile with total ascent calculated as you build your route.
Printing has not changed significantly, but a note on the development page says that there are updates planned to make it easier to print larger maps and routes. Given that buying all the OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps for the entire country would cost £4920, having access to them for under £20 looks like a serious bargain for anyone who loves the outdoors.
You can try OS Maps https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/ now or find out more about the features and subscription packages available.