A collection of our favourite walks in England

St George StatueAnd did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England’s mountains green
And was the holy Lamb of God.
On England’s pleasant pastures seen!

So begins ‘Jerusalem’, the hymn which originated from a William Blake poem and was put to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. It has long been traditional to sing ‘Jerusalem’ on St George’s Day (April 23), and it’s easy to see why Jerusalem is such a popular choice, as it details not only “England’s mountains green” and its “pleasant pastures”, but also goes on to mention the famed “green and pleasant land”. Continue reading “A collection of our favourite walks in England”

Historic maps layer now available in Digimap for Schools

School children using DigimapIf you hadn’t heard about it before, Digimap for Schools is a fantastic service available to all schools in Great Britain, giving teachers and pupils access to a wide range of our maps, from our most detailed dataset, OS MasterMap, to the famous OS Explorer mapping at 1:25,000 scale which is ideal for outdoor activity. Now Digimap for Schools has added a new historic map layer, extending its potential for use in schools across a wider spectrum of the national curriculum.

The new historic map layer features our maps from the 1890s and covers the whole of Great Britain. Teachers and pupils can overlay the historic maps over current mapping and compare changes in the landscape in their areas and beyond, including changes like those in Sandbanks, shown below. Continue reading “Historic maps layer now available in Digimap for Schools”

IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest

Ordnance Survey are delighted to be working in partnership with IC tomorrow. Based in London’s Tech City, they are a Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector by breaking down barriers and opening doors for a new generation of entrepreneurs. Continue reading “IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest”

Two rivers, two trigs and a cat in the 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: 9.8 miles
Starting point: SO 288 328
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map OL13 Brecon Beacons (Eastern area)
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Have you tried our OS Ride app yet?

Ride app logoWith less than three months to go before The Grand Départ in Yorkshire, we’ve teamed up with cycling legend Chris Boardman to launch a free cycling app to help you experience the routes famously ridden by the professionals.

OS Ride is available for iOS and features detailed routes of the first three stages of the Tour de France taking place in July. The easy to use app uses our detailed outdoor mapping, enabling you to successfully navigate and track your progress as you ride the routes ahead of Wiggins, Froome, Cavendish and co. Continue reading “Have you tried our OS Ride app yet?”

Preparing to climb your first mountain

Climbing a mountain is often used as an analogy to express the daunting size of a difficult job ahead. It’s with good reason, too – there are few tasks that take more preparation and dedication. Like most big challenges though, the success of reaching a peak can bring with it an enormous sense of achievement; and this feeling can last a lifetime.

Climbing your first mountain

As the saying goes, there’s a first time for everything, so when you’ve decided to become a mountain climber, where’s best to start? Continue reading “Preparing to climb your first mountain”

Developer Challenge winners announced

We teamed up with TechHub late last year to launch our Developer Challenge and were thrilled to receive 35 entries by the closing date in February. We whittled that down to seven finalists and had a fantastic morning at TechHub’s Old Street office this week watching the seven pitch their innovative geolocation ideas for a chance to win a year’s support package for their start-ups.

The finalists had just five minutes to present their innovative, profitable or cost saving ideas, all using Ordnance Survey data at the core. Following their Dragon’s Den-style pitch, the finalists then had five minutes to be questioned by our talented panel of judges.

Developer Challange winners

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Happy birthday to OS Terrain

It’s been 12 months since we released our OS OpenData product, OS Terrain 50, making it the first external output from our 3D strategy. Our first fully maintained analytical height product was quickly joined by OS Terrain 5 in July 2013 (shown below).  The two products offer maintained national coverage and are available in both grid and contour formats, depicting the shape of Great Britain’s landscape.

1 Terrain5_collage

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Host an Easter egg hunt

Easter egg huntEaster egg hunts are a springtime staple and are often the most fondly-remembered of all holiday activities. The thrill and excitement of getting out to find hidden-away chocolate eggs is only matched by the joy of getting to eat them afterwards.

Whilst today’s more modern world might mean that old-fashioned pursuits such as these are not so commonplace any more, this hasn’t quite extended to the humble Easter egg hunt. In fact, modern tech could well play a positive role in the activity – thereby giving it a whole new dimension that may otherwise have simply not been possible. Continue reading “Host an Easter egg hunt”