OS Maps has a new 3D fly-through feature

Keswick Mountain Festival trail run.

Following the Easter indulgence, we’re releasing a new feature for OS Maps – the 3D fly-through. Perfect for planning GetOutside adventures with your friends and family or for justifying your chocolate consumption (just us?), you can visualise your whole route before you start your trip.

Getting a sense of a route is invaluable, but it can be tricky to do in advance. With our fly-through, you can ensure you are even more prepared for the great British outdoors. We’ve used a combination of our height dataset, aerial imagery and names data to create the new 3D fly-through for our premium OS Maps customers.

When planning your next adventure, our 3D fly-through gives you a better perspective of your route’s difficulty and its potential risks and dangers. The fly-through offers you an almost cinematic experience of your route before you get there. It includes an elevation profile of your chosen route as well as point of interest labels for the surrounding areas.

OS Maps is perfect to help you plan an adventure quickly and safely, be it creating your own or following someone else’s route. The fly-through works to enhance any and every OS Maps route of which there are over 500,000 to pick from. Knowing the terrain in advance will help you better prepare: from avoiding exposed knife-edge ridges to knowing where best to stop for a good view (and a well-deserved break!).

Try out OS Maps 3D fly-through online and on your phone’s browser. The new feature isn’t currently available through the app.

To find out more about our premium OS maps subscription service go to our website. You can use many basic functions for free as a registered user or alternatively, sign up to enjoy all the benefits of a premium subscription from just £2.99 a month.

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21 Responses

  1. Neil


    I have just started using premium features, and have a couple of questions 🙂

    is there any way of sharing a fly-through to friends?
    Is there a tracking app for smart watches (samsung S3)?


    1. Jocelyn

      Hi Neil, thank-you for your query. For now you are unable to share fly-through routes via OS Maps, however you can share the route prior to fly-through. Regarding tracking apps, there are none at this current time. Hope this helps, Jocelyn

  2. The Nomad

    I’m ‘signed up’ and logged in, but fly-through simply gives me a black screen!

    What does your “Try out OS Maps 3D fly-through online and on your phone’s browser. The new feature isn’t currently available through the app.” mean?

    1. Hi Will

      Not at the moment Will, as it’s quite battery-hungry, so we’ve kept it online as more of a planning resource. If the dev team find a way around that, they’ll certainly look to include it.

      Thanks, Gemma

    1. Jocelyn

      Hi Gerry, I have checked with the product team and unfortunately there is not the option to slow down the speed of the fly-through. I have passed your comment on to them as feedback. Many thanks, Jocelyn

  3. Al

    Is there any way to download a video of the fly through?
    I would love to use this feature so that the DofE groups I work with can show their parents a flythrough of their route via the school website.

    1. Colin Griffiths

      You can hit Windows key and G to put your PC in to Gaming Mode, then hit the record feature on the Capture menu, as long as your graphics card is supported for caputre in gaming mode that works quite well.

  4. Ron Maxwell

    When I try the fly through on my route it goes in the wrong direction and shows terrain to the north of the route. The dot on the route follows it but is soon lost as the image pans upwards.

  5. Si

    I’m aware that Viewranger allows its users to share their route using 3D Flyover, They are charging £25 a year and im wondering if OS Maps are looking into allowing its paying customers to share a 3D flyover of their routes in the near future?

    I’m seeing more users on social media using viewranger compared to os maps, showing their flyover routes.

    1. Hi Si

      Thank you for your feedback on our OS Maps app and being able to share your 3D Flyover routes like Viewranger.

      Currently, we are not looking to add this feature to the OS Maps online or app service. However, if the person you are sharing your route to, has an OS Maps online ‘Premium’ subscription then they can, click on 3D Flyover to see your route in 3D in our OS Maps online service, from a laptop, PC or Mac.

      We do greatly appreciate feedback such as this as it helps us to further improve the products and services that we offer. Please be reassured I have forwarded your email to the relevant development team for their interest.

      Many thanks

  6. Si

    Hi Gemma

    Thank you for your reply.

    That seems to be a real shame as looking at previous comments there seems to be a real need to have this feature from OS Maps and that other services are offering making them more desirable at this time.

  7. Paul Amos

    Been using your fly through feature a lot but it appears to have stopped working for me. Doesn’t work in multiple machines and browsers. I get a cannot render error. Unsure how I contact support for this? I am a premium user.

    1. Jocelyn

      Paul, this was a known issue that our technical team resolved last week. You may need to log out and log in again as well as clear the cookies/cache from the history of the browser, but the 3D mapping should be working. If you are still experiencing issues, please contact us via CustomerServices@os.uk. Many thanks, Jocelyn

    1. Colin Griffiths

      +1 on that, the fly through is great to recce the route but to feel it as you walked it (or cycling) a ground level would be a really interesting feature.

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