A beginners guide to grid references
This quick and easy guide explains how to read a simple grid reference and explains the basics for beginners.
Get started with the new OS Greenspaces layer in OS Maps - it's a great, free way to discover new greenspaces near you. Find out how with this quick guide.
Go to OS Maps: osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
If you already have an account you can log in - or just close the welcome box to get started.
Click the to the maps selector and select ‘Greenspace’
Zoom in to start finding greenspaces near you.
You can use the 'Search for location' function in the top left to jump to a specific place, or just scroll around the map.
Tip: you can search for postcodes, place names or grid references
Click on Help to open the map legend.
Each different category of greenspace is shown in a different colour. Entrances are shown as small green dots for pedestrian access and red dots for vehicle access.
View OS Greenspace in OS Maps
You'll be asked if you want to register or log in - you can skip this if you wish, but doing so allows you to share planned routes with the browser version.
Once you’ve opened up the OS Maps app, click the Layers button in the bottom right and choose 'Greenspaces'.