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OS Team • Map Reading • Jul 05, 2021 • 10 minutes

11th - 17th July┃National Map Reading Week

Learn to map read for free with these guides from National Map Reading Week, which aims to inspire people of all ages and interests to get outside, find adventure and make memories. Reading a map can take you off the main paths and discover new places - we’re here to help you learn how!
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Map reading made easy

Download our free map reading leaflets: Map reading made easy for children and Map reading - beginners to advanced for adults or teenagers. You can even print or save them to your phone!

Map reading for beginners

Beginner's map reading skills

Do you know what contour lines are? Can you use a basic compass? Would you like to know how you can measure distance on a map? Our collection of beginner's map reading guides will help get you started in no time.

Advanced map reading skills

Advanced map reading skills

Already got the basics but want to improve your navigation in difficult situations? Learn how to pinpoint your location when lost and read contours to identify the terrain. Check out our advanced map reading guides.

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Map reading for kids

Instil a love of the outdoors that will last a lifetime. From toddlers to teenagers, teaching children about maps at any age will set them up for future adventures and keep them safe. Our extensive range of map reading guides especially for kids will help.

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favourite walks

Here at Ordnance Survey, we live and breathe the outdoors. We rallied up our keenest walkers to share their expertise and tell us about some of their favourite walks.

Teaching resources

Map reading educational resources

Whether you're a teacher or a parent, take a look at our Education Resources for project ideas and teaching aids, plus find games to play in our fun MapZone area.

Map reading quiz

Map reading quiz

Test your map reading skills with our National Map Reading Week quiz! Can you prove yourself a 'modern map master'?

OS Maps how-to guides

Check out our 10-part how-to video guides for everything you need to know about using OS Maps.

OS Maps online

See maps and routes online for all of Great Britain and use 3D and Augmented Reality to visualise your routes and bring the landscape to life with OS Maps, our web and app based mapping system. Get on and offline access to all 607 leisure maps in the palm of your hand and choose from hundreds of thousands of routes or create your own.

Try OS Maps Premium and get a FREE OS Waterproof Phone Case with every subscription purchased. This special National Map Reading Week offer is running from the 5th July - 18th July 2022. Automatic discount applied at checkout.

Map reading fun

Help kids learn more about the outdoors and become a map reading expert with 30% off the OS Kids Adventure Book.

Packed full of fun puzzles and challenges to keep them entertained for hours. This book is perfect for kids aged eight and older and helps take map reading offline.

Published: Jul 05, 2021 Edited: Jul 06, 2022

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