Every great outdoor adventure starts with an OS map.

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Wherever you live in Britain, you won’t be far from hills, mountains, valleys, rivers, or a dramatic coastline; and the good news for us is that, much of our country’s green and pleasant land remains free to visit and fairly easy to access and it’s just waiting for you to explore. Enjoying outdoor adventures doesn’t have to be expensive, you just need some basic gear, some basic skills and a love of the open air, simply – a pair of appropriate shoes, warm jacket or waterproof and an Ordnance Survey map to find the best routes and places to explore. For those of you who like to get out in spite of our weather, Ordnance Survey maps are also available in a tough, versatile laminated Active version.

Using an OS Explorer Map can give you a fresh perspective on the countryside and help you find the best routes and places to explore, whatever your outdoor activity or interest be it walking, hiking, cycling or horse riding the detailed 1:25 000 scale (4 cm to 1km – 21/2 inches to 1 mile) is ideal. Each OS Explorer Map shows every landmark, house, river, viewpoint, hill and path, visitor information and pubs so you’ll easily be able to plan your route – or you can just see what takes your fancy as you go along, they’re a great companion on a day out. With over 400 maps covering every km of Britain there’s a map for you wherever you want to explore whether it’s a trip to one of our stunning National Parks large or small, or to an area of outstanding natural beauty. But you don’t have to travel far; a backyard adventure with an OS Explorer Map can uncover treasures right on your doorstep.

And we’ve just made it a whole lot easier for you to find the exact map you need our simple web-based system, whichosmap.co.uk, can help you to quickly identify the map you need to cover a specific place or area of interest. whichosmap covers all of Great Britain, allowing you to type in where you want to go and quickly displays the relevant OS Explorer and OS Landranger Maps (and Active versions) covering that place or area. Try it out for yourself next time you need to find a map for the new area you want to explore then pop along to your local store for that personal expert friendly service.

So, lace up your walking boots, fill your flask and let your OS map take you on a journey to find that perfect view, sunset, sun rise, woodland, wetland, hill, moor or rugged terrain; get out and stir your senses, take a walk on the wild side.

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