Join the #TrigPillar80 challenge this weekend

#TRIGPILLAR80In case you missed it, we’ve been celebrating #TrigPillar80 this week, marking 80 years since the lovely trig pillar was first used to help us map out Britain. Although we no longer need the trig pillar to map the country, now using newer technology, the trig pillar remains as a British icon, guiding the way for explorers of the great outdoors.

#GetOutside and bag a trig pillar

The trig pillar can now be seen in many a photo, showcasing the British countryside and marking the high point of a walk. We asked our #GetOutside champions whether they had a favourite trig pillar to bag when out walking, fell-running and cycling and they came up trumps with some real beauties. From the wonderfully named Doughnot Hill in Scotland, to the Isle of Man to Dartmoor, our champions picked their best spot to bag a trig.

Jason nominated Snowdon - try his route and fingers crossed for a clear day like this

Jason nominated Snowdon – try his route and fingers crossed for a clear day like this

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First #OSPhotofit photos chosen for map covers

A huge thank you to everyone who has so far taken the time to enter or vote for #OSPhotofit – we’d had an overwhelming 8,000+ entries by last Monday evening. The first phase of the competition closed that night, for the 62 Outdoor Leisure maps in our OS Explorer series, covering the most popular tourist destinations in Britain. The OL15 map covering Purbeck and South Dorset attracted the most entries, with over 400 photos submitted. At the other end of the scale, the vast and beautiful Cairngorms, which are covered by 14 OL maps, attracted only a handful of entries. Don’t forget that we’re still looking for photos for the rest of our OS Explorer series and all of the OS Landranger maps, so it’s not too late to get your photos in.

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Ordnance Survey’s paper maps – can you make the cover? Launching the #OSphotofit competition

Today, we are launching a brand new competition for 2015 – OS Photofit – and we can’t wait for budding photographers across Britain to get involved!

To support our recent brand refresh and in light of the revival in sales of our paper maps, we are looking for inspiring photographs of Britain’s stunning rural and urban landscapes to take pride of place on the covers of our paper maps for some of the most popular tourist destinations and biggest cities across Great Britain.

Whether it’s flowing rivers, modern buildings, views of a valley or life in the city, we want to show that Great Britain is a beautiful place to enjoy and explore. What better way to do this than on the front covers of our iconic OS Explorer Outdoor Leisure series maps!

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Maps on trend

map-floor-hay-on-wyeA recent article in The Times, confirmed what we already knew at map HQ – maps are the height of style right now. They said that maps are “both on trend and versatile: living room, bathroom or man cave – maps work anywhere.”

While, maps have traditionally been framed and hung on a wall, there appears to be an increasing variety in the way they are used. And we’re not talking small pieces anymore, maps are going HUGE! Our map floor at Hay-on-Wye festival last year was a big hit too. Read More


Win an Ordnance Survey cycling jersey with OS Ride

The Tour de France may have moved back across the Channel, but it’s not too late for you to relive the excitement of the first three stages and try out some of the routes yourself. OS Ride is our easy to use, free app using our detailed outdoor maps. The app contains maps for the first three stages of the Tour and also comes with high quality route maps for historic routes. Each stage comes with the option to ride smaller segments, so if you’re not quite up to Chris Froome’s standard, you can still try it out!

The app also allows you to track your progress, speed, distance and time as well as displaying accurate height data showing the elevation across all the routes. OS Ride is supported by Chris Boardman MBE and is available to download for iOS. The app also contains a number of Chris’ favourite routes for you to try out.

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Gear up for your camping trip

CampingWith brief sightings of the sun in the UK comes the natural urge to get out to the countryside and sleep under the stars. Whether going alone, with a partner, family members or friends, it can be a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a weekend.

One of the stumbling blocks when it comes to camping is what to bring, particularly for people who rarely go. But fear not, camping can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, depending on how much comfort and entertainment you require. Read More


A history of Wimbledon in maps

Wimbledon got off to a flying start on Monday, and as much as we love tennis, our minds inevitably turned to maps. We’ve been putting Wimbledon on the map for almost 100 years now. Did you know that when the All England Club was formed, back in 1868, their home was not at the current Wimbledon site? Shown below on our map from 1896, the club was based at Worple Road until 1922 and the first championships, and even the 1908 Olympics, were not played out on the existing Church Road site.

Worple Road 1896

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Join us at The Outdoor Show

We’ll be at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show at London’s Excel Centre from today until Sunday 16 February. It’s a huge event, combined with the Bike Show, Triathlon Show and International Dive Show (Saturday and Sunday only) and you can find us on stand AT210, right on the front row.

There’s lots planned on our stand for during the show, but we’re also excited to be welcoming Chris Boardman MBE, Olympic champion cyclist and world record holder on Thursday afternoon.  Chris will be there to preview our OS Ride app for iPhone. The app features maps to help cyclists ride the 2014 Tour de France British routes for themselves and will be launching this spring.  Read More