Free Ordnance Survey Maps (OS Explorer and OS Landranger) via Bing
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Free Ordnance Survey Maps (OS Explorer and OS Landranger) via Bing

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Found 23rd FebEdited by:"Macca87"
Ordnance Survey maps are arguably Britain's favourite map for the outdoor recreation, but they can cost around £9 for a paper map, or require a paid subscription to access them via the official OS Maps website.

Bing provides access to OS Maps for free across all of Great Britain:
1. Go to maps.bing.com
2. Change the map type (top-right corner) to Ordnance Survey
3. Zoom in
Enjoy the sunny weekend outdoors!


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Doesn't work on mobiles (unless you use "request desktop site").

Finally Bing is useful for something!
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The standard Ordnance Survey map has been a feature of Bing Maps UK since 2009 - nearly a decade
blogs.bing.com/map…uk/

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Great post, just spent over an hour finding out interesting information about the area where I live. No telly tonight for me, glued to OS maps. What a saddo I am.
The most useful post this week. Thanks heat added.
Try bikehike.co.uk/map…php OS maps and route mapping (toggle map sizes for bigger map).
It's been there for as long as I remember. Think Microsoft acquired the rights when they bought mutimap or one of the other mapping sites.
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The most useful post this week. Thanks heat added.
How do you "request desktop site"?
Can't see any options on my phone.

Bit crap otherwise if you need it and are on the move.
I use OS maps a fair bit and this got me all excited!
DavidVonDavidson12 m ago

How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit …How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit crap otherwise if you need it and are on the move.


For iOS, use the share button at the bottom in Safari, then find the Request desktop site button in there.
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Excellent and thank you.
DavidVonDavidson13 m ago

How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit …How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit crap otherwise if you need it and are on the move.


I use chrome - in the menu system, top right dropdown, select 'desktop site'
Excellent find - and one of the most useful tips on HUKD for a long time. Thanks OP.
the OS maps are quite beautiful, excellent post, cheers!
The best ever post ..ta. How do you print ok worked it out ..off to new forest now
Edited by: "7day" 23rd Feb
DavidVonDavidson34 m ago

How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit …How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit crap otherwise if you need it and are on the move.



Best used when planning ahead. Screen Print specific sections of the map that you'll be needing.

I mostly use Viewranger GPS app with OS mapping but always print off a copy from Bing maps as a backup. Potentially a lifesaver if you spend time wandering in remote locations.
That's brilliant!

Thank you for the post.
Great post, just spent over an hour finding out interesting information about the area where I live. No telly tonight for me, glued to OS maps. What a saddo I am.
Nice! OS maps are excellent for anyone interested in anything active and outdoor related.

The quality seems a bit lower than the OS site, North is off a bit too, but for free you can't complain!

Also, the maps are slightly older then the latest OS maps, at least for Plymouth.
Edited by: "dorack_uk" 23rd Feb
Can't find the os icon in the pull down menu. Just defaults to Google maps. Any ideas?
Try bikehike.co.uk/map…php OS maps and route mapping (toggle map sizes for bigger map).
That's a good spot op. Both 1:25k and 1:50k.
Macca871 h, 20 m ago

For iOS, use the share button at the bottom in Safari, then find the …For iOS, use the share button at the bottom in Safari, then find the Request desktop site button in there.[Image]


What about on a proper Android phone?
It's been there for as long as I remember. Think Microsoft acquired the rights when they bought mutimap or one of the other mapping sites.
nidgesy2 m ago

It's been there for as long as I remember. Think Microsoft acquired the …It's been there for as long as I remember. Think Microsoft acquired the rights when they bought mutimap or one of the other mapping sites.


The option did dissapear from my Firefox browser recently and was worried they'd pulled it like a lot of the birds eye imagery, but fortunately was still there using chrome.
OS Explorer Maps are £6.29 here: dash4it.co.uk/ord…tml

The new maps come with a code on the back that give you access to the electronic version on the OS maps app without a subscription. It says you can only install the map on one device, but i've had no trouble installing it on 4.
Edited by: "Berwhale" 23rd Feb
I learnt something new today. Thanks to op. Heat added.
Thanks OP..
For Scotland, walkhighlands.net also allows you to print out OS maps.

Flashearth.com can be handy to, it has access to daily updated (low resolution) satellite imagery. Provided there are no clouds that day, it can be used to check the hills for snow.
Edited by: "plork" 23rd Feb
£19.99 annual membership to all maps online - the cost of three paper maps.

Great find though, voted hot!
Brilliant, this is as others have said one of best deals I have seen on here
So too does Streetmap dot Co dot uk
Thanks
Macca874 h, 47 m ago

For iOS, use the share button at the bottom in Safari, then find the …For iOS, use the share button at the bottom in Safari, then find the Request desktop site button in there.[Image]


Or you can tap and hold the refresh (anti-clockwise arrow to the right of url field
Great stuff! Hate that OS is taxpayer funded and then sold back to us so glad it's free somewhere!
Heat for op comment
"Finally Bing is useful for something!"
Great find, OS maps are great. heat OP.
That's great, thanks OP
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I’ve been using the Bing OS maps for years. But any of the many Openstreetmap based websites also provide very thorough footpath coverage. The real holy grail however is OS-qualty maps you can download to cover anywhere remote where your phone signal is patchy. They exist but cost a fortune or want a subscription. I could’ve done with downloadable walking maps in Skye where Three didn’t provide any 3G data.
Edited by: "buglawton" 24th Feb
You could always download the Pathwatch app for iOS, I’ve been using its for the past year, great little app
Fantastic find - thanks for posting.
DavidVonDavidson16 h, 58 m ago

How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit …How do you "request desktop site"? Can't see any options on my phone.Bit crap otherwise if you need it and are on the move.



You can also long press (hold) on the reload arrow button (if using safari on iPhone), saves a couple of presses
There is a Bing Maps SDK app for android. It has the OS option on it so you can use whilst on the move.
benslatz9 h, 59 m ago

Great stuff! Hate that OS is taxpayer funded and then sold back to us so …Great stuff! Hate that OS is taxpayer funded and then sold back to us so glad it's free somewhere!


Sorry, but some stuff needs to be taxpayer-funded - the Police, Military, NHS, Government, etc. The amount any taxpayer pays for any of these is pennies... for something that is of far greater benefit to the nation as a whole.

Imagine what happens if OS gets put out of business by Microsoft? Will Microsoft survey the whole of the UK for free? (This isn't as simple as Google driving a few vans up some UK roads).

And if MS don't, what happens to UK businesses that actually need these maps - for something other than recreational use (e.g. flooding potential, or coastal erosion history, etc)? Where will they get their maps then? Let me guess...buy them from a new surveyor at a higher price than OS sold the same data. What's that going to cost the UK collectively?

And remember, virtually nothing online is really "free". BIng and all the rest are constantly assessing what they can flog you next .Use this and see how many ads and emails from walking/trekking/outdoors sites start appearing on your online presence.
plork15 h, 27 m ago

For Scotland, walkhighlands.net also allows you to print out OS …For Scotland, walkhighlands.net also allows you to print out OS maps.Flashearth.com can be handy to, it has access to daily updated (low resolution) satellite imagery. Provided there are no clouds that day, it can be used to check the hills for snow.



Just checked my address with flashearth.com and although it says 2018 across the bottom the map is at least 2 years out of date.
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