16 July, 2022
Do you know how to read your map? How to find the fastest route to the next pub? Read on for top tips from Steve Backshall and Emma Holland.
According to research by a recent article in the Guardian that three quarters of UK adults cannot read a map (read the article here) - this article will help offer advice on how to read a map and ensure you get the most out of your next hike. It may even save you time finding your quickest route to the nearest pub lunch!
We caught up with #GetOutside champion and naturalist Steve Backshall. He continues his series of map reading videos with Ordnance Survey by explaining how to choose the right map for your activity.
Every adventurer knows, even with new technology, that a paper map is a vital piece of equipment. Steve explains the difference between the OS Landranger and OS Explorer maps published by OS, and which to use for your next adventure.
This video is part of a series with Steve Backshall introducing you to map reading and navigation skills
As part of our festival of content, Emma Holland a senior mountain leader for Mind over Mountains, gives us a ten-minute presentation on how to recognize footpaths, access land and understanding rights of way that you can find on an ordnance survey map.
Watch the presentation here
By following these simple tips, you should be able to read your hiking map like a pro! Just remember to always carry a map with you when venturing out into the wilderness and to check it regularly to help you stay on track.
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