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The Beacons Way

24/04/2023 Wales 10 mins read

The Beacons Way is a 100-mile-long distance footpath, that transverses through the centre of the Brecon Beacons (Bannau Brycheiniog) National Park in South Wales. OS Champion Tracy Purnell takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the top spots along the way.

British Cycling routes

24/04/2023 10 mins read

We’re excited to partner with British Cycling to help get more people outside on two wheels. Explore the collection of British Cycling approved routes and start planning your next ride.

Traffic-free cycling routes in the West Midlands

21/04/2023 West Midlands 10 mins read

British Cycling share their favourite traffic-free cycling routes within the West Midlands, all of which are available in OS Maps. These family-friendly routes are suitable for all cycling abilities and make a great day out.

How to get into cycling

21/04/2023 5 mins read

Whether you want to cycle more, rekindle your love for your bike or try it for the first time, British Cycling explain how you can get into cycling and get the most from your bike on a budget.

Map Reading
What is a trig pillar?

18/04/2023 10 mins read

The trig pillar was first used in the retriangulation of Great Britain on 18 April 1936. With over 6500 built, they were vital in map making. Here's everything you need to know about trig pillars including 10 great trig point walks.

Gear guides
Which GPS device do you need?

17/04/2023 5 mins read

If you’re considering buying a GPS device, you’ll be probably be comparing dozens of models with hundreds of features. Here’s our guide to finding the best GPS. We look at handheld and wearable GPS devices for walking, hiking, running, cycling and off-grid adventures.

Gear guides
Walking books - Which guide is best for me?

13/04/2023 10 mins read

The OS Pathfinder Guides and OS Short Walks Made Easy series capture some of the best walking routes across Great Britain and include a range of useful information to make it easier to plan your walks. We take a look at these two guidebooks in more detail to help you decide which one is best for you.

Gear guides
10 best short walks across Britain

13/04/2023 10 mins read

Discover Britain’s 10 best short walks for a great day out. Featured in the OS Short Walks Made Easy guidebooks, each walk provides key information like where to park, where to eat and what to see on route.

Everything you need to know about Mountain Rescue

11/04/2023 10 mins read

OS Champion, Emily Thompson, talks us through everything you need to know about Mountain Rescue Teams, and what to consider if you would like to become part of one.

Hill walking safety for beginners

27/03/2023 10 mins read

OS Champion Phillipa Cherryson spends a day with the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team for some pointers on hill walking safety for beginners.

Outdoor skills
Outdoor first aid: the basics

23/03/2023 10 mins read

Whatever adventure you decide to take, a basic knowledge of outdoor first aid will help keep you safe. Alistair Morris, Medical Director at Mountain Rescue England and Wales, explains how to deal with the most common outdoor injuries.

Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa): Routes to the top

23/03/2023 Wales 10 mins read

There are many routes to the top of Snowdon (in Welsh 'Yr Wyddfa') with some big paths that can get crowded and some lesser-trodden trails. Here's all you need to know about the routes up Snowdon.

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