Map reading

If you're spending time outdoors, a trusty map will help you to get the most out of your adventure, whether it's walking, cycling, horse riding or touring. Take a look at our guides and videos to help you swot up on your map reading and navigation skills – with a little help from a well-known explorer...

Top tips from Steve Backshall

In our videos, TV presenter, adventurer and OS champion Steve Backshall takes you through the basics of how to read one of our maps and how to use a compass. So what are you waiting for? #GetOutside!

Choosing the right map

Understanding map symbols

Understanding contour lines

4-figure grid reference

6-figure grid reference

How to use a compass

Taking a compass bearing

Understanding magnetic north


outdoor gear

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