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Aug
2011
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Do you know your map symbols?

It’s time for one of our famous quizzes…this week we’re testing your knowledge of map symbols. How well do you think you know the symbols that appear on our OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps? They are there to help you get the most out of your outdoor experience – whether it’s guiding you to the nearby campsite or helping you to the nearest bus station as you can’t face the walk back to your car!

Test yourself on you map symbol knowledge, post your answers on the blog and we’ll let you know how you’ve scored:

Map symbols quiz

Aside from highlighting tourist and leisure information, map symbols also provide vital information to let map readers know what to expect on the terrain they’re crossing. Information ranges from the kind of vegetation you can expect to encounter to detail on roads, public rights of way and even different rock features.

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51 Responses

  1. Hi there, Use maps all the time for my walking group Hyndburn Ramblers so thought I’d have a go at this.
    1) Garden/Arboretum
    2) Quarry
    3) National Trust Area
    4) Cycle Hire
    5) Church w Spire/Steeple
    6) Lighthouse
    7) Viewpoint
    8) Public House (generally serving food)
    9) Never seen this one! Will hazard a guess at Charging Point for Electric cars??
    10) Picnic Site
    Think I’ve done ok!!
    Phil
    Hyndburn Ramblers

    1. Not bad Phil. If I was being very strict I’d say 6 out of 10 (see tip below), but I’m feeling generous, so I’ll say 8 out of 10.
      If anyone else wants to have a go, more detail is needed for numbers 3 and 6 to distinguish them from other similar symbols. Number 9 actually features on only one of our maps – so keep guessing and a bonus point if anyone knows which map it features on!

  2. Chris Wilkinson

    It always amazes me when people don’t know how to read maps, but there’s a couple here I wasn’t sure of. However, having had a guess I scrolled down and saw Phil’s answers to see that one of them (number 1) I was right about and the other (number 9) he didn’t know either. My guess was that it was a symbol I hadn’t previously been aware of for power station – but I prefer Phil’s answer!

  3. Chris Wilkinson

    Having just posted and found a cross-over with Gemma, I’d like to add:
    I had a feeling number 3 wasn’t just National Trust – is it National Trust for Scotland?

  4. 9 – Electric car charging point was close, its actually electric charging point for boats. Not sure which map, but they’re in the Norfolk Broads.

  5. Ok, thought I’d have a go and ended up involving my wife, Amanda too!

    1 – agreed with garden/arboretum
    2 – is this really a quarry – not an ancient monument?
    3 – we think that as this is not the NT symbol it’s more likely to mean a wooded/SSSI/Protected Natural area
    4 – Whilst cycle hire seems a good idea, isn’t this also a cycle route symbol?
    5 – church with spire/steeple as previously posted
    6 – sticking with lighthouse, but is it a decommissioned one?
    7 – viewpoint as posted before
    8 – pub
    9 – we originally guessed at charging point, clearly that’s wrong. It’s clearly to do with electricity in some way, perhaps a public socket.
    10 – picnic area again as previously posted.

    A good challenge!
    Andrew and Amanda
    edMapping.com

    1. Ellie

      Do you happen to know the symbol for Hotel? Our grandson has it for his homework and no-one we know can think what it is. Thank you for your help. Ellie x

  6. 3 – A limited national trust facility, not always open. Purple and white logo with the colours inverted is always open.
    6 – Disused lighthouse, as designated by the black bar across the light.

    2 – is that one a quick-sand area?

  7. Dan Allum

    Is 3) National Trust open public access?
    6) Disused lighthouse?
    9) Is this something to do with powered marinas for boats? I’ve seen this symbol on the River Thurne near Bastwick

  8. garden/arboretum, sand pit, woodland trust land, cycle hire, church with spire, disused lighthouse, 180 deg viewpoint, public house, electric boast charging point (OL40 1:25000 The Broads), picnic area

  9. Paul

    garden/arboretum, Sand Pit, NT trust restricted opening, Cycle hire, Church with spire/steeple, Disused lighthouse, Viewpoint, Public house, boat charging point, Picnic site
    Paul

  10. Gethin

    1. Garden/Arboretum,
    2. Sandpit,
    3. National Trust, with limited access
    4. Cycle hire,
    5. Place of worship with spire, minaret or dome,
    6. (Disused) lighthouse,
    7. Viewpoint,
    8. Public House,
    9. Never seen this one, but I think Mark has the right idea, electric boat charging point,
    10. Picnic Site

    I hope that’s right!

  11. 1. Garden
    2. Sand pit
    3. National Trust always open
    4. Cycle Hire
    5. Place of Worship with spire, minaret or dome
    6. Disused lighthouse
    7. Viewpoint
    8. Public House/s
    9. Electric boat charging point
    10. Picnic site

  12. John Tarbet Walker

    1) Garden/Arboretum
    2) Sand Pit
    3) National Trust Area
    4) Cycle Hire
    5) Church w Spire/Steeple
    6) Lighthouse
    7) Viewpoint
    8) Public House (generally serving food)
    9) Hotel/B&B with charging points for Laptops/Mobile Phones
    10) Picnic Site

    OK how did I do?

  13. John Tarbet Walker

    1) Garden/Arboretum
    2) Quarry
    3) National Trust Area
    4) Cycle Hire
    5) Church w Spire/Steeple
    6) Lighthouse
    7) Viewpoint
    8) Public House (generally serving food)
    9) Is it a camp site with Eletric for Caravan’s etc.
    10) Picnic Site

    1. The answers are flooding in now! Keep them coming, I’ll be publishing the correct answers later – and we’ll find out if anyone got top marks.

  14. Morning all,

    I believe these are the answers:

    1) Garden/arboretum
    2) Sand pit
    3) National Trust – limited access, observe local signs
    4) Cycle hire
    5) Current or former place of worship with spire, minaret or dome
    6) Disused lighthouse
    7) Viewpoint (approx. 180 degree angle of view)
    8) Public house/s
    9) Electric boat charging point
    10) Picnic site

    Thanks!

  15. Martin Briscoe

    1. Garden / arbotetum
    2. Sandpit
    3. National Trust – always open
    4. Cycle hire
    5. Current or former place or worship with spire, minaret or dome
    6. Disused lighthouse
    7. Viewpoint 180 degrees
    8. Public house
    9. Electric boat charging point
    10. Picnic site

  16. Steve Howe

    1,Garden, 2,Sandpit. 3,Natonal Trust-always open. 4, Cycle hire. 5, Church with spire. 6, Disused lighthouse. 7, Viewpoint. 8,Electric boat charging point. 10,Picnic site

  17. Andy Nock

    1 Garden/Arboretum
    2 Sand pit
    3 National Trust limited access
    4 Cycle Trail
    5 Church with spire
    6 Lighthouse disused
    7 Viewpoint
    8 Public House
    9 Electric Boat charging point
    19 Picnic Site

  18. Kevin Reynolds

    Hi there, Use maps all the time for my walking group Hyndburn Ramblers so thought I’d have a go at this.
    1) Garden
    2) Gravel Pit
    3) National Trust Limited opening
    4) Cycle Hire
    5) Church with Tower
    6) Lighthouse-Disused
    7) Viewpoint
    8) Public House
    9) Camp site with Electric hook-up??
    10) Picnic Site

    1. Thanks to everyone for taking part in our quiz. The correct answers are:

      1. Garden
      2. Sand pit
      3. National Trust – limited access, observe local signs
      4. Cycle hire
      5. Current or former place of worship with spire, minaret or dome
      6. Disused lighthouse
      7. Viewpoint
      8. Public house
      9. Electric boat charging point – only on Explorer OL40 for the Norfolk Broads
      10. Picnic site

      I think Paul was first to get all 10 right – so well done to you. And of course the bonus point goes to Mark for knowing the only map that number 9 appears on.

    1. Hi Megan. You can see the correct answers posted by me just a couple of comments up. Number 8 is a public house, this symbol appears on our OS Explorer Maps.

  19. leena

    1. garden
    2. an area with loose rocks and pebbles
    3. national trust – limited access
    4. cycle trail
    5. current former place of worship – with a spire, minaret or dome
    6. lighthouse (not in use)
    7. viewpoint
    8. ?
    9. ?
    picnic site

  20. Wendy

    !. Garden,arboretum
    2.Sand/gravel pit or quarry
    3.National Trust land open to the public
    4.Cycle track
    5.Place of worship with a spire
    6.Lighthouse
    8.Public house,
    9.Electric car charge point
    10 Picnic site

  21. Researching the Claude Mirror (black convex glass used by artists 17th/18th c as aid to depicting picturesque landscapes) I read that the viewing points on Ordanance Survey maps are linked to this optical device. Any comments?

  22. Melanie

    Hi Monica,

    I’m afraid we don’t know much about the Claude Mirror.

    The “view points” shown on our small scales mapping are well recognised as locations giving substantial panoramic views of a wide area of landscape. It follows that they are almost exclusively on high ground at vantage points overlooking (usually) extensive vales or lower plains. Sorry not to be more help!

  23. kayleigh

    i think,
    1-garden
    2-quarry
    3-national trust
    4-bicycle trail
    5-church with a spire
    6-lighthouse
    7-viewpoint
    8-cafe-i know public house or bar is PH
    9-picnic area
    7-

  24. Andres

    1 garden
    2 quarry
    3english heritage
    4 cycle hire
    5 place of worship wit steeple
    6 disused lighthouse
    7 viewpoint
    8 public house
    9 boat charging place
    10 picnic site

    Did i do ok? Hope i did!

    1. Gemma

      Hi Andres

      We’ve posted the correct answers further up the chain – have a look and see how you did!
      Thanks, Gemma

  25. Joey Barton

    1. Garden
    2. scree and cliff
    3. National Trust (ltd access)
    4. Cycle network
    5. Place of worship with a spire
    6. Disused lighthouse
    7. Viewing point
    8. Public House (serving refreshments)
    9. Charging point (car)
    10. Picnic site

  26. jacob t

    1.garden
    2.quarry
    3. national trust area
    4.cycle path
    5.church with a spire
    6.unused lighthouse
    7.viewpoint
    8. petrol pump
    9.electric car charger
    10.picnic area

  27. eesha rendla

    1. Garden
    2. Sand pit
    3. National Trust area
    4. Cycle Hire
    5. church with spire
    6. Disused lighthouse
    7. Viewpoint
    8. Public House
    9. Electric boat charging point
    10. Picnic site

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