custom made maps


Custom Made Britain

Yes, there are 607 OS paper maps of Great Britain for you to choose from, but did you know there are also infinite Custom Made maps you can order? Tens of thousands of you have already put your Custom Made map orders in, creating enough map areas to cover the moon three times, an amazing 111.5 million km2 of Britain printed on your maps.

This shows Custom Made map orders a week at a time since February 2012, with the centre points coloured based on the map type: Orange = OS Explorer, Pink = OS Landranger.  Read More


Custom Made map competition

If you’ve seen any of the blogs about our OS Photofit competition recently, then you’ll know that we have new-look map covers coming out this year. Our new OS Explorer maps will be starting to appear in stores this summer, with all OS Explorer and OS Landranger maps being available by spring 2016.


But – if you can’t wait to get your hands on the new map covers – our Custom Made maps are now available to buy. Custom Made maps can be personalised – you add your own photo, centre the map on an area you love and put in your own title. They’re great as a gift – or even for yourself if you live on the edge of one of our standard maps. 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.

Virgin Balloon Flights are the UK’s leading balloon ride providers, flying from over 100 locations across mainland Britain, offering you the ultimate voyage of discovery or the perfect gift for that special someone.

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Put yourself on the cover of your map!

A fantastic new development, launched last week, for our custom made maps now allows customers to add their favourite image to the front cover of their personalised map. You can now put yourself on the cover of your very own map, just as our colleague, Paul, has here!


We’ve told regular blog readers about our custom made maps before, but this latest development is bound to be popular and launches just in time for Christmas!

What a great present idea (even if we do say so ourselves!). Last ordering date (for postal delivery) is 19 December, so you’ve got plenty of time to get your order in!

Based on the popular OS Explorer Map and OS Landranger Maps, custom made maps give the customer the chance to create a bespoke map centred on any chosen location. Since its launch in Spring 2012, thousands of personalised custom made maps have been created centred on home addresses, favourite walks, holiday destinations and other chosen locations across Great Britain.

Customers have been able to choose their own title, such as ‘My New Home’, and unique subtitle since the launch in Spring this year and were previously able to select an image from a database of pictures to have on the cover.  However, this latest advance gives customers the option to create an extremely  personal map by uploading any image they wish to feature on the map cover. For example they could upload a picture of their house, school photograph, favourite orange tree or even, if it is their dog walking route, a picture of their dog.

So what image would you put on your personalised map and why?



Would you use a map to help to find your ideal home?

Our custom made mapping (where you choose the centrepoint of the map and we print it specially for you) has proved popular with people planning to move house. By picking the area you are interested in and having a map made of it, you can identify which local amenities there are, whether there are schools within walking distance and identify where other family members and friends are located.

According to research, which we carried out earlier in the year to help promote the launch of our custom made mapping, nearly half us choose our ideal home based on the proximity to our immediate family with nearly half of us saying that our “Ideal Home” includes having their family living within a 10km distance.

We looked at the factors which are considered most important when it comes to planning where to live to see how many of them could be identified on a map. Our findings suggested that the quality of local amenities was highly important when it comes to choosing where we put down our roots. Over 54% of us claim that it strongly influenced our decision, whilst other key areas that are considered highly important include transport links (44%) and the quality of the surrounding area.

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Custom made maps

If the idea of unique or bespoke mapping appeals to you then no doubt you’ll already be well aware of our OS Explorer Map – Custom Made and OS Landranger Map – Custom Made range. These new products, launched earlier this year, allow you to site-centre your map on any location in Great Britain. They have proven to be a huge hit, with nearly 12 000 people ordering their own personal mapping of Great Britain.

Our custom-made maps are unique, because you can put your favourite spot (such as your house, your favourite hiking route, the best local pub or your walking group’s meeting place) at the centre. This fact hasn’t been lost on accommodation owners, such as those running bed-and-breakfasts and campsites. They understand that their visitors want to find out what’s on offer in the local area and of course Ordnance Survey maps show every landmark you might want to visit, from walking trails to castles. The interest we’ve had from the accommodation trade shows us that personalised mapping isn’t just a great gift idea.

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Life on the edge? Not a problem any longer!

Have you ever bought one of our maps and then discovered that the walk you are planning is right on the edge?

Well, this will no longer be a problem and map owners no longer face a life ‘on the edge’ thanks to a new range of customisable paper maps available from Ordnance Survey’s online map shop.

The much-loved orange OS Explorer Maps and pink OS Landranger Maps series has now been extended further with the introduction of a new custom made version allowing anyone to customise their own map, choose their own title and select an individual cover image from a wide selection photographs.

Matching the existing look and feel of the OS Explorer Map at 1:25 000 and OS Landranger Map at 1:50 000 scale, which are recognised as the definitive maps for outdoor activities, the custom-made version will be the same quality and detail which customers have come to love.

The maps are specially printed to order, including the customers’ own personal title, like ‘Our Family Holiday’, for example, as well as a pesonal choice from a wide choice of selected cover photographs.

A new production process means that Ordnance Survey custom-made maps are now printed on the same paper as standard ‘off-the-shelf’ Ordnance Survey maps. This makes them thinner, tougher, easier to fold and a practical option for outdoor activities.

The customer can choose to have the map delivered folded or flat and with or without a cover so that it can be easily used outdoors or framed for the perfect print in the home.