Psst…did you know you could access OS Maps for free with our seven-day trial? We’re celebrating the full release of our multi-platform map service by giving you the chance to try it out and access maps for the whole of Great Britain.
If you haven’t heard of it before, OS Maps gives casual walkers, ramblers, runners, cyclists, mountaineers and other outdoor adventurers a way to plan and discover Britain. The free app includes our standard and aerial mapping to plot routes on, but with an annual subscription you can unlock a range of extra features – and try them for free for seven days in our trial.
The extra features include digital versions of all 607 of our OS Explorer and Landranger paper map titles. You don’t even need a phone signal to use OS Maps and pinpoint your exact location because it uses the much more reliable and accurate GPS. The subscription package includes an off-road sat-nav that covers all 15 of Britain’s National Parks, and can be used to create a safe route in just two clicks. The OS Map app for iOS and Android also comes with almost 500,000 routes preloaded and shared by users.
We released OS Maps into Beta testing last May and it’s been trialled by three quarters of a million people who were invited to feed back thoughts and improvements. Many of those suggestions have been incorporated into the official OS Maps release.
Over the past decade we’ve seen digital mapping in general come a long way, but as soon as you venture away from urban spaces the detail is often lacking. That lack of detail limits possibilities and also presents a safety problem to anyone that solely uses digital mapping to navigate their way through the countryside. With OS Maps we wanted to create a digital map that has the same high standards in detail and design as our paper maps.