Ordinance Survey Explorer Maps (inc. digital download) - £5.31 @ Dash4it (Free Snood on orders over £9!)
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Ordinance Survey Explorer Maps (inc. digital download) - £5.31 @ Dash4it (Free Snood on orders over £9!)

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Found 11th Apr 2016
A little bit of a niche deal, but OS maps are selling at £5.84 at Dash4it. There is a 9% discount code at the moment bringing it down to £5.31 with free P&P.
Discount code: 9BDAY
They normally sell at around £9ish on Amazon, so a pretty decent discount. The active maps (laminated and waterproof version) is £8.86 after discount, which normally sell at £15ish.

Not everyones cup of tea. Lots of people will prefer to use GPS, but a decent deal for those that like the outdoors.

Edit:
Free snood when you spend over £9! Thanks wide_eyed_walker
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Funded by the tax payer, tax payer has to pay to use it. Its a con.
I use the OS maps through bing maps very useful :-)
be very lucky if they have anything in stock though.
and a free snood with orders of over £9

dash4it.co.uk/spe…400
Edited by: "wide_eyed_walker" 11th Apr 2016
ciarandanielbyrne1

Funded by the tax payer, tax payer has to pay to use it. Its a con.



So you reckon out of the goodness of their hearts they should post to you any map you want, when you want it? Personally, I'd like to know how on earth they do it for the full cover price, let alone the wholesale price. It's a brilliant service - the best in the world. Just wait until, as is the plan, it is flogged off cheap to the oligarchs and see what happens to the price and/or quality. Hats off the OS!!!
Ordered the one I wanted. Thanks!
Ordered the one I didn't want.....
Excellent find. OS maps are things of beauty and amazingly, never run out of batteries.
Great deal..I already have what I need but still a great offer I paid a lot more,does anybody know where I can get GPS maps 1:25 micro sd card for a garmin handheld?thanks in advance
Great, ordered one. thanks op
Thanks ordered
dilbertov

So you reckon out of the goodness of their hearts they should post to you … So you reckon out of the goodness of their hearts they should post to you any map you want, when you want it? Personally, I'd like to know how on earth they do it for the full cover price, let alone the wholesale price. It's a brilliant service - the best in the world. Just wait until, as is the plan, it is flogged off cheap to the oligarchs and see what happens to the price and/or quality. Hats off the OS!!!


Give the digital maps away for free at least.
ciarandanielbyrne1

Give the digital maps away for free at least.



They are all available online as part of Bing Maps
ciarandanielbyrne1

Funded by the tax payer, tax payer has to pay to use it. Its a con.



oO wow...

...Hi OS office? Since you are funded by the taxpayer I would like 1500 maps delivered to my hole please. Yes I think that's worth the 8pence per year I pay in tax.
ciarandanielbyrne1

Funded by the tax payer, tax payer has to pay to use it. Its a con.



Actually false. Responded to by OS...

The Ordnance Survey replies...
Imagine you had bought this newspaper for a friend. Imagine you asked them to tell you what’s in the TV listings - and they demanded cash before they would tell you. Outrageous? Certainly. Yet that is what a number of government agencies are doing with the data that we, as taxpayers, pay to have collected on our behalf. You have to pay to get a useful version of that data. Ordnance Survey is financed through data licensing rather than direct funding from the taxpayer. Yes, we collected data before we became a Trading Fund which was paid for through direct taxation (although from the 1970s the organisation was set ever increasing cost recovery targets). However, since April 1999, we have relied entirely from receipts from the licensing of our data for our trading revenue. Out-of-date map data is no use for today’s business and government activities. Maintenance is a vital issue, yet it is one that the article completely overlooks. We make an average of 5,000 changes every working day to our large-scale map data of Great Britain, but the taxpayer does not pay anything for the maintenance of our products.
There is no such thing as free data. Someone has to pay for it. Collecting, maintaining and distributing data cost Ordnance Survey 105.7m in 2004-05. It is very unlikely that the Treasury would bear the cost of this. There is no political will from any of the mainstream political parties to return to funding national geographic data collection and maintenance from the Exchequer. History shows that data quality suffers for lack of investment. The rise in popularity of Ordnance Survey maps in the inter-war period masked severe reductions in staff numbers and widened the time-lag between revisions of essential large-scale mapping. It took many years to rectify this and bring the mapping back up to date. In recent years we have been able to deliver extensive investment to ensure that data quality is maintained along with many other innovations based directly on customer need.
mattbee12

I use the OS maps through bing maps very useful :-)



I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. Can you point me in the right direction pkease?
dilbertov

They are all available online as part of Bing Maps



I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. Can you point me in the right direction pkease?
BPH77

I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. … I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. Can you point me in the right direction pkease?


bing maps ---> top right hand corner select ordnance survey
ukwestspeed

bing maps ---> top right hand corner select ordnance survey



I don't have that option. There's only one option icon in the top right corner and that for directions.

I can find a map style option elsewhere on the page but can only select road, aerial or birds eye.

Hmmm!
BPH77

I don't have that option. There's only one option icon in the top right … I don't have that option. There's only one option icon in the top right corner and that for directions. I can find a map style option elsewhere on the page but can only select road, aerial or birds eye. Hmmm!


Its probably because you are using the mobile version - you can only see the OS maps on the desktop site
stevenfeeney

oO wow......Hi OS office? Since you are funded by the taxpayer I would … oO wow......Hi OS office? Since you are funded by the taxpayer I would like 1500 maps delivered to my hole please. Yes I think that's worth the 8pence per year I pay in tax.


The physical paper maps should be charged for. But the digital map should be free to download.
ukwestspeed

Its probably because you are using the mobile version - you can only see … Its probably because you are using the mobile version - you can only see the OS maps on the desktop site



Ah yes of course. That one escaped me on this occassion. Thanks!
ciarandanielbyrne1

The physical paper maps should be charged for. But the digital map should … The physical paper maps should be charged for. But the digital map should be free to download.



No they shouldn't as OS is not taxpayer funded. The end.
BPH77

I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. … I've googled this, and tried the app stores but can't find this option. Can you point me in the right direction pkease?


Open Bing Maps in your browser. If you're on a mobile device make sure that you use the "More" option in the top right and choose "Request PC Version" (the mobile version doesn't give you the OS option). Search for the place you want (say, Keswick). Now select the type of map you want to view (there's a drop-down list either from a menu item or from a small square map icon - difficult to be precise as it varies). This will give you options of Road, Aerial, Birdseye, Streetside, Ordnance Survey. Choose OS. As you zoom in it will change from Landranger (1:50,000) to Explorer (1:25,000).
Just placed an order - and the 2 items I wanted have been accepted.
It remains to be seen if their computer changes its mind but I am hopeful.
Good price and hopefully everything else will be excellent too.
Edited by: "heliopolis" 12th Apr 2016
ukwestspeed

Its probably because you are using the mobile version - you can only see … Its probably because you are using the mobile version - you can only see the OS maps on the desktop site


Sorry, just seen your post - should have read it earlier. You're right, but of course you can force the desktop site on a mobile device and so get OS on a phone, as above.
Edited by: "dilbertov" 12th Apr 2016
ciarandanielbyrne1

Give the digital maps away for free at least.


They do for many products offer them free on their website, you can also get them from a number of other outlets, you just aren't entitled for free printing and postage. But it's been paid for through licensing for years, the days of taxpayers paying is long gone, but we still get the benefit at all levels from it.
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ciarandanielbyrne1

Funded by the tax payer, tax payer has to pay to use it. Its a con.


Considering how accurate these maps are, I'm more than happy to spend a fiver on them.
Some of the maps that you get abroad, where they have no Ordinance Survey, are sketchy to say the least, and you can pay far more for them!
As they have said: "Ordnance Survey is financed through data licensing rather than direct funding from the taxpayer."
But to be honest, I would be happy for my taxes to contribute to OS.
I got a couple of these last week, the snood is an ok freebie, it's not the best quantity item, probably not worth more that a couple quid. I've also used the os bing maps, it's just so much easier to have the digital map with GPS. a bargain @ £5 ish each
I want to walk the pennine way. Do you know many maps I would need to purchase to complete it safely?

The Pennine Way is covered by eight Ordnance Survey Explorer maps, scaled 1:25,000. They are sheets OL1; OL21; OL2; OL30; OL31; OL43; OL42 and OL16.

Edited by: "ciarandanielbyrne1" 12th Apr 2016
ciarandanielbyrne1

I want to walk the pennine way. Do you know many maps I would need to … I want to walk the pennine way. Do you know many maps I would need to purchase to complete it safely?EIGHT.



Circa £40 for a very good collection of data would be money well spent I would have thought. You use the word safely, is safety not worth £40 or would you rather just take the risk and save the £40?
Murielson

Circa £40 for a very good collection of data would be money well spent I … Circa £40 for a very good collection of data would be money well spent I would have thought. You use the word safely, is safety not worth £40 or would you rather just take the risk and save the £40?


I would want a digital map for my phone. The OS app should be like a satnav for the hills and tracks. It should be FREE.
Yes purchase paper, wilderness or lam-fold maps. But digital should be FREE
ciarandanielbyrne1

I would want a digital map for my phone. The OS app should be like a … I would want a digital map for my phone. The OS app should be like a satnav for the hills and tracks. It should be FREE. Yes purchase paper, wilderness or lam-fold maps. But digital should be FREE



I don't think you will be able to navigate using this app unless you pay for it. I would like loads of things but basic principle is that I have to pay or I can't have it. Really is a simple concept if you put your mind to it.

I don't listen to Radio 4 but it is part of TV licence, hence I have to pay. There are many things the government does that I disagree with but they use my taxes for it and hence I have to pay. There is a trend here ......
Good deal. Active maps are also discounted. Not that it's overly important but the free snood pink. The other half can have it. :-)
Murielson

a TV licence



A what????!!!!

Edited by: "BPH77" 12th Apr 2016
thanks ordered, the code has expired but it was still cheaper than amazon - cheers
dilbertov

Open Bing Maps in your browser. If you're on a mobile device make sure … Open Bing Maps in your browser. If you're on a mobile device make sure that you use the "More" option in the top right and choose "Request PC Version" (the mobile version doesn't give you the OS option). Search for the place you want (say, Keswick). Now select the type of map you want to view (there's a drop-down list either from a menu item or from a small square map icon - difficult to be precise as it varies). This will give you options of Road, Aerial, Birdseye, Streetside, Ordnance Survey. Choose OS. As you zoom in it will change from Landranger (1:50,000) to Explorer (1:25,000).



I'm struggling to find this option on my iPhone. Doesn't give me an option to open or request in PC version.
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