Originally published 21/05/2015, revised 01/06/2016
Over the last 12 months we have continued to develop our online mapping system, OS Maps. With some great basic features and advanced options for subscribers, it’s probably one of the best tool for planning off-road activities available.
Now available in your web browser and as an app for Android and Apple phones and tablets, you can view and print maps OS maps for free, plan routes, discover routes created by others, check weather and much more.
Try OS Maps today, and you can sign up for a free seven-day trial off the full features – no credit card required.
OS Maps for free
You can get started with OS Maps here – if you already have a username and password for our online shop your login details will work for OS Maps too!
Standard OS Maps users can access basic Ordnance Survey maps for free and can print maps and directions at home. This allows you to use OS Maps as a complete tool for outdoor adventure.
You could use OS Maps to plan a long weekend exploring a National Park with a map print and the route on your GPS device, or you could use the database of 40,000 places to visit to make the most of a trip to a historic town or picturesque village.
You can also try over 500,000 existing routes and adjust your preferences to find out how long each route will take you to walk, run or ride.
Using OS Explorer and Landranger Maps
A premium subscription is needed to access Explorer and Landranger layers in OS Maps. Premium subcriptions are available for one month or twelve months. You can also sign up for a one-week free trial.
See the difference in features available for OS Maps free and Premium below:
|Registered User (Free)||Premium|
|Maps available||Standard, aerial||Standard, aerial, 1:25k (Explorer), 1:50k (Landranger)|
|Import routes from GPX||Yes||Yes|
|Find and view routes||Public only||Public and premium|
|Add route notes||Yes||Yes|
|Export routes as GPX||No||Yes|
|Show places of interest||Yes||Yes|
|Print driving directions||Yes||Yes|
|Printing sizes||A4; portrait||A4, A3; portrait, landscape|
To find out about more of the features in OS Maps and for tips for getting started, check out our quick start guide.
What happened to OS getamap?
OS getamap was our previous online mapping system. I ran on the MS Silverlight browser plugin, which had become obsolete, meaning that it did not work on many browsers and devices. We retired OS getamap in 2015, but if you still have a username and password, it will work in OS Maps too.