Ordnance Survey and ballooning

OS Ballooning 1999Today’s guest blog was written by Richard Cardy of the Snows Isle of Wight Balloon Challenge 2014.

My involvement with the sport of Hot-Air ballooning goes back some 27 years or so to 1987, starting at the Great Southern Balloon race on Southampton Common, this was the forerunner to the latterly named Southampton Balloon and Flower Festival.

It was a couple of years or so after I’d settled into lighter than air as a hobby and finally finding a regular use for my trusty Zenith 12XP SLR camera, that I became aware of the importance of OS Landranger Maps in ballooning, for both plotting and marking flight progress. Read More


Up, up and away – see beautiful Britain from above!

One lucky custom made map maker is in for a treat with our new prize draw starting today!

Anyone buying a custom made map between now and 5 April will be entered into a prize draw to win an amazing Virgin Balloon flight for two*! custom made maps allow you to chose the cover image or upload your own, select the area covered by the map and choose the scale. They make a great gift and come either rolled or folded!

So, if you are up for some romance and adventure and want to explore Great Britain in a slightly different way, order your OS Explorer or S Landranger custom made map now!

Floating around, watching the world go by, is an unforgettable experience, both thrilling and serene. Then there’s the traditional champagne toast – well, it would be rude not too.

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