Enjoy National Parks week

It’s not too late to put some plans in place and make the most of National Parks week, which starts on 28 July. With 15 fantastic Parks to visit across Great Britain, there should be something for everyone – whether you want to go walking, camping, cycling, rock-climbing or even star-gazing.

We’ve pulled together some facts and figures on our National Parks to inspire you – take a look here. And if you do fancy a visit, check out our Map shop for discounted National Park map bundles too.


Maps on trend

map-floor-hay-on-wyeA recent article in The Times, confirmed what we already knew at map HQ – maps are the height of style right now. They said that maps are “both on trend and versatile: living room, bathroom or man cave – maps work anywhere.”

While, maps have traditionally been framed and hung on a wall, there appears to be an increasing variety in the way they are used. And we’re not talking small pieces anymore, maps are going HUGE! Our map floor at Hay-on-Wye festival last year was a big hit too. Continue reading “Maps on trend”

Walk of the week: Strange stones, hail and sunshine in the Black Mountains Brecon Beacons

Today’s guest walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park is by Simon Powell, Black Mountains Photography. All photos have been provided by Simon and are copyright Black Mountains Photography.

Length of route: 14.3 miles
Starting point: SO 310 221
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map OL13 Brecon Beacons (Eastern area)
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Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2014 – hear how we’re involved!

For the second year running, Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team are supporting Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code, which is a week-long hackathon event for young people aged 18 and under. YRS is the philanthropic arm of Rewired state, which is the largest independent developer network in the UK.

Young Rewired State's festival of code

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A beginner’s guide to surfing

SurfingBack in 2006, the British Surfing Association (which has since been superseded by Surfing Great Britain) estimated that there were 500,000 ‘regular’ surfers in the UK. Add to this the number who take to the seas less often and the figure could easily be twice as much. Continue reading “A beginner’s guide to surfing”

Catch up on Ordnance Survey’s appearance on BBC’s Coast

P1020479Did you spot the feature about Ordnance Survey in Tuesday’s episode of Coast on BBC2? The new series kicked off with a focus on The Channel, and presenter Mark Horton revealed how some two centuries ago, French mapmakers unwittingly gave birth to us at Ordnance Survey.

If you watch the programme, you’ll see how did an Anglo-French project, undertaken in the 18th century to measure the exact distance across the Channel, resulted in the accurate maps of Britain that many people rely on today.  Continue reading “Catch up on Ordnance Survey’s appearance on BBC’s Coast”

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games map now available

ICE-commonwealth-games-mapThe World Cup, Wimbledon and British Grand Prix may be over, but the sporting extravaganza continues this summer, with the Commonwealth Games kicking off in Scotland next week. We’ve worked with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to create a special map which showcases Glasgow’s infrastructure works ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The ‘Engineering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ map includes civil engineering firsts such as the Hampden Park surface raising, which lifted the surface six feet on metal stilts to accommodate the running track and athletics field. Continue reading “Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games map now available”

Walk of the week: Follow Winnie-The-Pooh through Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Walking Route in Ashdown Forest, East SussexToday’s guest walk in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex is by Country Walking. Walk in the pawprints of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet on this good long hike into the high heathland at the heart of Ashdown Forest.

Length of route: 7.7 miles
Starting point: TQ 477 356
Suitable for: Walking
OS Explorer Map 135 Ashdown Forest
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Step up to the mountain challenge

This September past GeoVation winner, guerrilla geographer and explorer Daniel Raven-Ellison is going to step up to the height of Mount Everest (29,029 ft) only using stairs in London tallest buildings.

How high can you climb by using stairs in your house, school or neighbourhood? Can you step up to the height of a mountain?

Image and link to Step up Mountain mapping tool

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The Walkers’ Rules

The Walkers RulesWe’ve all heard of the Countryside Code and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, which give a set of rules for anyone using the countryside, to safeguard it for everyone. However, what are the real rules of walking? All those little things everyone should do?

We asked our Facebook fans and got a huge response, so here are their suggestions – some rather tongue in cheek – along with a few of our own…

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