New OS Explorer OL maps now available

The new cover for Explorer OL15

The latest revision of the OS Explorer OL maps is now available! These maps are designed to help you make the most of your time in the British countryside, whether you are walking, cycling, running, riding or anything else.

The new releases come with a mobile download included with each map. This allows you to get a copy of your paper map on your Android or Apple device. The map is saved to the device memory, so will work even when you have no mobile phone signal, and includes useful features like pinpointing your location, route recording and a compass.

What format is the digital download in?

OS Maps start screenIt’s in a format specifically designed for the new OS Maps app. We have chosen this, rather than a simple PDF or image format as we can make it a lot more useful.

The maps in the app can use your GPS to find your location or record a route on top of the displayed map. It also makes adding multiple maps a seamless experience and zooming in and out far more useful as we can switch to a different style map to show an overview.

At the moment the app is available for Android and iOS (Apple) devices.  It will not work on a handheld GPS as each manufacturer creates their map files in their own way.

Download from Apple App Store for iOS devices
Download from Google Play for Android devices

To get your map download you have to use a unique code printed on the inside of the map cover and then enter it on the Map Redemption page on our website.

What’s happening to the price?

We’ve increased the RRP from £7.99 to £8.99. We last reviewed prices eight years ago, in 2007. Due to the increased costs of paper and printing we have increased the RRP. The mobile download has been added without extra cost.

Retailers are still free to set their own prices for special offers or discounts.


How much have the paper maps changed?

The new Explorer OL maps have an all new cover design featuring the winners of the OS Photofit competition – and we’ve increased the size of the picture to show them off!

The maps are still in the same 1: 25 000 scale, paper size and style that you know and love.

The maps have also been revised with the latest features and changes for 2015. The extent of the changes varies depending on the area covered, and the time since the last version was published.


Where can I get one of the new maps?

Most bookshops and outdoor retailers will have the most popular OS Explorer maps for their area available. Larger bookshops and outdoor shops may have the complete range of 403 maps available, or you can order online from the OS Shop.


Which maps are available in the OS Explorer OL range with a digital download?

We’ve taken the opportunity to renumber a few maps so that the OL range covers all the national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here’s the complete list:

OL 1 Peaks – Dark Peak
OL 2 Yorkshire Dales S&W
OL 3 Meon Valley (was Explorer 119)
OL 4 English Lakes NW
OL 5 English Lakes NE
OL 6 English Lakes SW
OL 7 English Lakes SE
OL 8 Chichester (was Explorer 120)
OL 9 Exmoor
OL 10 Arundel & Pulborough (was Explorer 121)
OL 11 Brighton & Hove (was Explorer 122)
OL 12 Brecons West
OL 13 Brecons East
OL 14 Wye Valley & Forest of Dean
OL 15 Purbeck & South Dorset
OL 16 Cheviot Hills
OL 17 Snowdon
OL 18 Harlech
OL 19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
OL 20 South Devon
OL 21 South Pennines
OL 22 New Forest
OL 23 Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid
OL 24 Peaks – White Peak
OL 25 Eastbourne & Beachy Head (was Explorer 123)
OL 26 North York Moors W
OL 27 North York Moors E
OL 28 Dartmoor
OL 29 Isle of Wight
OL 30 Yorkshire Dales N&C
OL 31 North Pennines
OL 32 Winchester (was Explorer 132)
OL 33 Haslemere & Petersfield (was Explorer 133)
OL 34 Crawley & Horsham (was Explorer 134)
OL 35 North Pembrokeshire
OL 36 South Pembrokeshire
OL 37 Cowal East (was Explorer 363)
OL 38 Loch Lomond South (was Explorer 347)
OL 39 Loch Lomond North (was Explorer 364)
OL 40 The Broads
OL 41 Forest of Bowland
OL 42 Kielder Water & Forest
OL 43 Hadrians Wall
OL 44 Torquay & Dawlish (was Explorer 110)
OL 45 Cotswolds
OL 46 The Trossachs (was Explorer 365)
OL 47 Crieff, Comrie & Glen Artney (was Explorer 368)
OL 48 Ben Lawers & Glen Lyon (was Explorer 378)
OL 49 Pitlochry & Loch Tummel (was Explorer 386)
OL 50 Ben Alder, Loch Ericht & Loch Laggan (was Explorer 393)
OL 51 Atholl (was Explorer 394)
OL 52 Glen Shee & Braemar (was Explorer 387)
OL 53 Lochnagar, Glen Muick & Glen Cova (was Explorer 388)
OL 54 Glen Esk & Glen Tanar (was Explorer 395)
OL 55 Loch Laggan & Creag Meagaidh (was Explorer 401)
OL 56 Badenoch & Upper Strathspey (was Explorer 402)
OL 57 Cairn Gorm & Aviemore (was Explorer 403)
OL 58 Braemar, Tomintoul & Glen Avon (was Explorer 404)
OL 59 Aboyne, Alford & Strathdon (was Explorer 405)
OL 60 Lochindoub, Grantown-on-Spey & Carrbridge (was Explorer 418)
OL 61 Grantown-on-Spey & Hills of Cromdale (was Explorer 419)
OL 62 Correen Hills & Glenlivet (was Explorer 420)

See them all in the OS shop

Explorer 2015 Sheetlines

Click here for high resolution PDF version

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21 Responses

  1. Harry smith

    Just got 3 maps. These went into yet another app called ‘os maps’. How can I get them to work in the earlier app called ‘os map finder’? Maps in map finder can be zoomed on my phone to make text readable. But on is maps the zooming on my phone is limited so the text remains very small at maximum zoom.

    1. Hi Harry

      The digital download you get with new Explorer OL maps can only be redeemed with the OS Maps mobile application; unfortunately, there is no way to download these maps to OS MapFinder.

      We are continually working to improve our mobile offerings and appreciate all customer feedback relating to our services. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments about the zoom parameters within the OS Maps app. We will pass these on to our developers.

      Thanks, Gemma

  2. Ian


    Is mid September still the plan for maps such as Explorer sheet 250 as I need to get this by early October. I loved the digital download for the Peak District so will hold off getting the map if this is getting the digital treatment before I go.



    1. You should be able to pre-order today for delivery on the official release date on the 16th! We are adding then new maps now – it may take an hour or two before they appear in the shop.

  3. David Young

    Great idea offering free downloads. When I change my phone, will I be able to re-download the maps to that, or will I need to buy new copies of the maps?

  4. Gareth Kitching

    Fantastic idea. I’m planning on buying some new paper based maps of The Peak District and to get a digital download as a freebie is a winner for me. Well worth an extra quid – nice one OS.

  5. martin berry

    I have 5 OL maps purchased before the digital download was available, it seems a waste to have to buy new maps just to get the download. Will there be a means for the digital version to be available on its own ?

    1. Hi Andy. If you have already redeemed the code in the shop according to the instructions on the map, in the app just go Menu>Maps>Paper Maps and it should appear available to download – click the download button under the map name to start the download. The Android version of the app can take up to 15 minutes for it to show up in the available list. In Android only, you can redeem the code directly using Menu>Redeem a map. Hope this helps! Jonathan

  6. Bob

    On an Android device, can the Download Map be loaded on to the memory card rather than the more limited device memory.

    1. Hi Bob. It depends a bit on the software on the device – some allow this and some don’t. You can also find apps that are designed to allow you to move apps to SD card storage. Our developers are looking at more storage options, but it’s complex on Android as each manufacturer treats memory slightly differently, and many devices have no SD card slot at all.

      Unfortunately, for the moment, if you cannot move it using your device’s operating system or an app, it may have to stay in the internal memory. However, you can remove downloaded maps and map sections you are not using, as you can download them again any time. My personal device has little storage, so I usually only have a couple of maps available at any one time.

    1. Hi

      That’s Outdoor Leisure and the OL range (part of the OS Explorer map range) covers all the national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain.

      Many thanks

  7. Roberta

    Hi, If i’ve already got a subscription to OS maps is there any need to download mobile versions of paper maps when I buy a paper map? there’s nothing additional to be had in doing that? thanks!

    1. Jocelyn

      Hi Roberta. No, there is nothing additional in using the OS paper map downloads, but it could potentially be more convenient in that you are getting the whole of the OS paper map you purchased instead of creating your own ‘custom offline mapping’ available with the subscription service in the OS Maps app. Hope this helps, Jocelyn

  8. Shaun Pitts

    I am trying to locate a copy of ol 28 Dartmoor map but it has to be the 2013 edition , I can not seem to find it anywhere any ideas , do you guys keep copies of old editions ?


    1. Hi Shaun

      I’m afraid not, as we always recommend people use the most up-to-date maps. Possible a charity shop or similar may have a copy?

      Many thanks

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