The Ordnance Survey is now giving away digital map downloads with its paper maps. Ordnance Survey are replacing all 607 of its current paper map titles (OS Explorer, OS Landranger and OS Tour series) with a new design, and an additional mobile download of the map that can be accessed for no extra cost. The transition will be complete within the next 12 months.
A number of OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure (OL) maps are available now on retailers’ shelves. The downloaded map allows users to plot and store routes electronically. All the map data is stored locally and is available regardless of whether your mobile phone has signal or not. It also enables you to record your walk or cycle in real-time when out and about, so the route is remembered for future exploration.
This news follows last year’s announcement that sales of Ordnance Survey paper maps had increased for the first time in a decade.
Nick Giles, managing director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, said: “Maps are the guide to the outdoors, the ideal tool for adventure and discovery. Feedback from customers showed that more and more people are using maps on their tablets and smartphones to navigate, despite some of these digital maps being less than ideal for finding paths and tracks in the countryside.
“OS maps give an unparalleled level of detail, and are the definitive guide for any budding or seasoned explorer. For safety reasons we always recommend anyone exploring the outdoors carries a paper map, so it made absolute sense for us to combine both paper and digital formats, to give people what they want with the security of having paper, and the added functions our digital map offers should open up greater possibilities for further adventure.”