Discovering Britain with the RGS and OS OpenSpace

If you are interested in walking and want to understand more about the stories behind your favourite places in Great Britain, then why not visit www.discoveringbritain.org. The new website from the Royal Geographical Society with IBG is a must see for anyone who wants to discover more about Britain’s fantastic landscapes. An additional bonus for visitors is that all the walks are displayed on Ordnance Survey mapping though our great online mapping service OS OpenSpace.

Every place has a story to tell – whether dramatic mountains, busy city centres, windswept beaches, rolling fields, leafy suburbs, quaint villages or expansive mud flats. The website allows you to discover how our amazing landscapes are shaped by people, historic events, the economy, the forces of nature and much more. Through the website you can search for walks in three different ways – by the type of landscape at the heart of the story, by the setting of the walks, and by location or geographical region. When you select the walk which appeals to you, it can be viewed on an Ordnance Survey map.

All the walks are displayed on the popular OS OpenSpace API. The interactive mapping allows visitors to zoom through mapping scales, ranging from the famous 1:50 000 scale to street-level detail showing individual buildings. The detail of the mapping allows users to fully understand the history behind the walks and view a range of images and supporting information attached to various points along the walk.

Once a walk has been selected, visitors can access more information on the walk and its story, view the route and the different stopping points, look at a photo gallery of images to get a feel for it, and even see what other people have said about it.

The site allows visitors to print and download a vast range of information to support the walk. This includes an information sheet, audio commentary, a route map and map download for GPS devices.

For more information on this great website visit www.discoveringbritain.org

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