Love them or hate them, GPS devices are rapidly becoming more popular for all kinds of outdoor pursuits. They can be used for checking your position, following a pre-defined route and automatically recording your route. Some offer additional features, such as cameras or altimeters. Here’s the Ordnance Survey guide to choosing a handheld GPS device.
Today’s guest blog is from Holly Barber, part of the Simon King Wildlife team.
I think it’s safe to say that winter is here. The trees have shed their leaves, the nights are drawing in and there is a distinct chill in the air. The food that had been abundant in hedgerows is now dwindling and as temperatures start to dip below freezing point, food and water for the birds will get trapped under ice. In the style of Lord Kitchener – your garden birds need you!
It’s the last week of November, so we feel comfortable mentioning the ‘c’ word now…we’ve got a whole package of mappy Christmas goodies which should be perfect for lovers of the great outdoors.
Our Christmas competition has 101 prizes up for grabs with top prize being £400 of outdoors survival kit including the Garmin VIRB Elite action camera. The runners up prizes include our custom made maps, OS getamap subscriptions and much more. It’s simple to enter, just enter your name and email address by 31 December 2013 and let us know if you’d like to receive our newsletter.
We have two limited edition OS Explorer Maps up for grabs in our map symbol competition. Ben Fogle signed OS Explorer Map 455 of Taransay and Simon King signed OS Explorer Map 470 of Shetland – Unst, Yell & Fetlar. The maps were created as limited editions at a previous Outdoors Show and on the reverse of the map covers, Simon and Ben explain why they chose the areas for their limited edition maps.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the signed maps, simply identify the six map symbols in our quiz and send us your answers on the blog by 5.00 pm on Friday 22 November. Continue reading “Win a signed map in our map symbol quiz”
The Cuillin Mountains of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland are renowned as having the most challenging mountain environment anywhere in Britain. These mountains contain narrow, complicated ridges where a day’s outing can require a mountaineer’s skill and knowledge to overcome their difficulties.
Picture: John Barnard on one of the two summits of Knight’s Peak. Photo taken by: Alan Dawson
Over the summer we ran a photo competition giving outdoor enthusiasts the chance to become national faces of Ordnance Survey and be a part of our ‘Explore More’ marketing campaign. We’re extremely pleased to share our six winners with you.
The six winners, and the winner from our internal employee competition, attended a professional photo shoot last month. Everyone came with a bag of props so that they would be dressed for their favourite outdoor activity in their photos. The high-quality close-up images of their faces are designed to feature in consumer press advertising and, potentially, as point of sale in retail stores as part of our ‘Explore More’ campaign. The winners were great sports on the day, being sprayed with water and being coated in mud and chalk to achieve the perfect shot representing their activity. We’re really looking forward to using the images in advertising campaigns, starting this month.
Over the course of the summer, visitors to Southampton were greeted by the sight of many brightly-decorated rhinos dotted around the city. We sponsored one of the rhinos, and our RhinOSeros is decorated with map symbols, and we also produced a map for the Go! Rhinos trail guide and created an online map using OS OpenSpace.
The rhinos were on display for 10 weeks before moving to Marwell Wildlife, and on Wednesday 30 October will be auctioned off in a Charity Fundraising Auction at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton. There will be 37 rhinos for sale, so it may be difficult to pick a favourite.
We often hear about people arguing over map reading and following directions, but we recently came across a development disorder called dyscalculia which, amongst other problems, can make map reading and knowing your left from your right very difficult.
Also known as number blindness , individuals can have difficulties with learning and understanding arithmetic. Other symptoms can include mixing up phone numbers, faltering when your satnav gives a direction and trouble reading the time or handling money.
The 29-mile stretch of the Thames Path between Kingston and Greenwich has come second in the Lonely Planet’s book listing top ten city trails. It’s described as “a London highlights reel, passing Kew Gardens, Battersea Park and power station, Westminster and Big Ben, the Millennium Eye, Shakespeare’s Globe and so on”.
The Thames Path beat off some impressive competition to attain second place with the Great Coastal Walk in Sydney and Berlin Wall Trail falling further down the list. When you consider that you not only pass the sights above, but also pass the Thames Barrier, Tower Bridge and Hampton Court Palace, you can see why it’s so highly rated.
The Test Way Relay has been run annually since 1985 and sees teams of eight racing over an unmarshalled 44-mile course from the supposed source of the River Test at Inkpen Beacon to Totton. Ordnance Survey’s Mark Stileman took part and tells us about the event.
The Test Way is a 44-mile footpath route which includes a fabulous cross-section of scenery through southern England. It begins (or ends, depending on your perspective, but north-to-south and source-to-coast somehow seems much more intuitive) at Walbury Hill near Inkpen in Berkshire at almost 200 metres above sea level, and finishes on the edge of Southampton Water at Ealing. It’s a well-loved route with an abundance of history on the way. It doesn’t hug the river Test as the Itchen Way does; rather, it takes its own meandering route along the general flow of the Test valley. You meet and sometimes cross the Test at intervals on the path – or rather parts of the Tests, which for much of its way splits and divides into lots of small chalk streams, all of them highly prized by fly fishers.