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1 month free digital OS maps subscription with code at Ordnance Survey

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Expires on 31/12/2020Posted 24th Sep 2020
National GetOutside Day is back! This Sunday 27 September, let's show everyone how good it feels to be outside. Release those happy endorphins and take a deep breath of the Great British fresh air. To celebrate and help you find routes near you, we're giving you a one month free trial to OS Maps, simply use the code GETOUTSIDEDAY at the checkout.

Get instant access to the full range of OS leisure maps for all of Great Britain on your computer, tablet and mobile with OS Maps Premium subscriptions.

One subscription includes both web and appUse maps on your mobile, even with no signalPrint as many copies as you needPlan routes on web, follow in the appDiscover hundred of thousands of shared routes, including routes by Good Pub Guide, Country Walking and Trail Magazine
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A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is . . . OS!
So go to bing.com/maps
Then in the top right hand corner choose Ordnance Survey from the dropdown.
Not sure about accessing these maps on a mobile device.
Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with ramblers.org.uk but then the app gives free OS mapping, offline mapping, and uses GPS to show where you are on the map. I use it every time we go on dog walks somewhere new ?
.......while being told to stay INSIDE !
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Thank you!
Thank you! What a great freebie!
.......while being told to stay INSIDE !
Fantastic! I have been wanting to try their app and this didn't even ask for a payment method with the code.
Thank you 🙏
A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is . . . OS!
So go to bing.com/maps
Then in the top right hand corner choose Ordnance Survey from the dropdown.
Not sure about accessing these maps on a mobile device.
Fab!

I’m assuming if you download maps/ routes then after the month you can’t access them again without paying?

Might have to do a lot of printing
glasgowgirl24/09/2020 13:05

Fab!I’m assuming if you download maps/ routes then after the month you c …Fab!I’m assuming if you download maps/ routes then after the month you can’t access them again without paying? Might have to do a lot of printing


I have several frequently used routes saved as PDF that can be printed out as needed.
If you already have a subscription you can usually use these offers to extend your subscription for a month FOC.
Thanks
frobozz24/09/2020 13:13

I have several frequently used routes saved as PDF that can be printed out …I have several frequently used routes saved as PDF that can be printed out as needed.


Ah, Ideal! then I can save & view them on my phone too when out and about
simonspeakeasy24/09/2020 12:43

A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is …A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is . . . OS!So go to www.bing.com/mapsThen in the top right hand corner choose Ordnance Survey from the dropdown.Not sure about accessing these maps on a mobile device.


You can access the Bing Maps website with OS overlay from a mobile device - you need to get to the Bing Maps page, but then change it on your particular mobile browser to show the 'Desktop' site, and not the mobile version. Depending on your device, it's not wonderful useable, but it CAN be made to work.

However, it won't show you a handy-dandy icon with your GPS location like the OS maps app would - but the ability to happily scroll around an OS map (for essentially free, and very useable on a full size computer) is wonderful.
Edited by: "Lardy_Bloke" 24th Sep
Lardy_Bloke24/09/2020 13:39

You can access the Bing Maps website with OS overlay from a mobile device …You can access the Bing Maps website with OS overlay from a mobile device - you need to get to the Bing Maps page, but then change it on your particular mobile browser to show the 'Desktop' site, and not the mobile version. Depending on your device, it's not wonderful useable, but it CAN be made to work.However, it won't show you a handy-dandy icon with your GPS location like the OS maps app would - but the ability to happily scroll around an OS map (for essentially free, and very useable on a full size computer) is wonderful.


Can also screenshot them on PC and cut/stitch a few together, for an image file that you can save to your phone for quick access and not reliant on having a good data signal
Cheers op just in time for our break in Devon and no payment details needed either. Heat added!
Try rowmaps.com not perfect but has always been free
Edited by: "Fwcar" 24th Sep
Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with ramblers.org.uk but then the app gives free OS mapping, offline mapping, and uses GPS to show where you are on the map. I use it every time we go on dog walks somewhere new ?
Annuals subs to the OS are only £24. Brilliant value for anyone of an outdoors persuasion.
Didn't we already pay for this through taxes?
You can also get free OS maps with an app called maverick. There's a bit of faffing involved - getting a key from Bing and editing it into one of the files in maverick. I've used it for years. If you Google for maverick os maps bing key, it's the blog code sector result which has the instructions
I will not be taking a subscription out today, thank you.
Perhaps a silly question... but what use is an OS map over the normal google maps?
shanejmullan25/09/2020 01:46

Perhaps a silly question... but what use is an OS map over the normal …Perhaps a silly question... but what use is an OS map over the normal google maps?


The best in class - shows a lot of mapping features like topology of mountain heights and are accurate.

I was on multiple walks during the lockdown around trails and Google Maps had missing paths which were clearly there in person. I eventually used Openstreet Maps but OS Maps are a official company.
Edited by: "LordMetro" 25th Sep
simonspeakeasy24/09/2020 12:43

A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is …A little trick I discovered; one of the overlays for Bing maps (on a PC) is . . . OS!So go to www.bing.com/mapsThen in the top right hand corner choose Ordnance Survey from the dropdown.Not sure about accessing these maps on a mobile device.


Whhhhhaaaaa!
PhilK24/09/2020 10:34

.......while being told to stay INSIDE !


Go outside, don't go outside. Go to work, don't go to work. The messaging is clear, stop moaning..
About to go to Scotland and use osmand. Any real advantage with this??
cheeky_chops25/09/2020 07:14

About to go to Scotland and use osmand. Any real advantage with this??


OSMand uses openstreetmaps. This depends on members of the public having contributed enough and correct details for the area you plan to visit. I use it as an extra reference when I am out and about but I would always have another source of data available as OSM will have gaps, mistakes,etc.

As you can get the full OS maps free for a month, why not try it?
I get message "promotion is inactive"
andychelt24/09/2020 22:48

Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with …Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with ramblers.org.uk but then the app gives free OS mapping, offline mapping, and uses GPS to show where you are on the map. I use it every time we go on dog walks somewhere new 🏻


Yikes, that app has really poor reviews.
With ' Backcountry Navigator' app you can download os maps to phone and use with GPS. It also has access to maps from other countries should anyone ever go abroad again! Used it in Canada and New Zealand with great success.
iamdes25/09/2020 07:14

Go outside, don't go outside. Go to work, don't go to work. The messaging …Go outside, don't go outside. Go to work, don't go to work. The messaging is clear, stop moaning..



Yep, as mud as they say
lan_platts25/09/2020 08:32

With ' Backcountry Navigator' app you can download os maps to phone and …With ' Backcountry Navigator' app you can download os maps to phone and use with GPS. It also has access to maps from other countries should anyone ever go abroad again! Used it in Canada and New Zealand with great success.


Can't find an App with that name.
andychelt24/09/2020 22:48

Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with …Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with ramblers.org.uk but then the app gives free OS mapping, offline mapping, and uses GPS to show where you are on the map. I use it every time we go on dog walks somewhere new 🏻


How are you meant to register for Pathwatch? The register link is dead and when you go to the new link you sign up for the Ramblers Association but those credentials don't work on Pathwatch.
Petetobin25/09/2020 09:16

How are you meant to register for Pathwatch? The register link is dead …How are you meant to register for Pathwatch? The register link is dead and when you go to the new link you sign up for the Ramblers Association but those credentials don't work on Pathwatch.


Hmm weird, I’ve had no problems at all with it until this morning when I’ve just gone to check my app and I can’t login either! Maybe they’ve got an outage at the moment. When it works it’s great. A lot of the negative reviews are people wanting more functionality like reporting closed paths, where as all I want is free OS maps that plot my GPS location on them.

I’ll give them a day or 2 and see if they fix it, otherwise I’ll need a new app as well........!
Petetobin25/09/2020 09:06

Can't find an App with that name.


Sorry, should have said it's android.
lan_platts25/09/2020 09:21

Sorry, should have said it's android.


No worries. Thanks for posting.
andychelt24/09/2020 22:48

Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with …Or even better......download “pathwatch” app. You’ll need to register with ramblers.org.uk but then the app gives free OS mapping, offline mapping, and uses GPS to show where you are on the map. I use it every time we go on dog walks somewhere new 🏻



Sadly I can't get it to work- I registered with the Ramblers just now and it won't let me log in with the details
VictorMeldrew24/09/2020 23:46

You can also get free OS maps with an app called maverick. There's a bit …You can also get free OS maps with an app called maverick. There's a bit of faffing involved - getting a key from Bing and editing it into one of the files in maverick. I've used it for years. If you Google for maverick os maps bing key, it's the blog code sector result which has the instructions


I can't get this working - the link to register your own key says: OpenSpace Free registration is now closed. Also the download link for mapserver.txt is broken.
budgiebridie25/09/2020 11:02

I can't get this working - the link to register your own key says: …I can't get this working - the link to register your own key says: OpenSpace Free registration is now closed. Also the download link for mapserver.txt is broken.


Ah sorry, I guess I'm lucky to have got in there when I did then.
Get your key from there then create a text document in the tiles folder of maverick called mapserver.txt and paste the following into it:

http://ecn.t{stripe}.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/r{quadkey}?g=3455&lbl=l1&productSet=mmOS&key=******|png|19|1

Delete the stars and put your bing key that you made above
VictorMeldrew25/09/2020 11:05

No, you can still do it …No, you can still do it :https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/maps/create-a-bing-maps-key#basic


Just go to maverick app menu - maps/more maps - scroll down and os explorer maps are listed there as a source. This is working perfectly on a fresh install of maverick - no extra steps required. Thanks for the heads up!
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