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Ordnance survey advanced map reading quiz

By OS Team

Published on 9 min read

We’ve created a tough map reading quiz to test your skills. See if you can get 100% without looking at a map legend!Click here to show your score!

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1. What does this map symbol represent?
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2. In roads and paths, what does BOAT stand for?

3. What map feature does this symbol represent?
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4. What is missing from this North Points symbol ?
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5. What does this symbol represent?
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6. What kind of path or road is this?
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7. What map symbol is this?
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8. What sort of feature is shown by these contour lines?
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9. What is a ‘Permissive Footpath’?

10. What does this symbol mean?
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11. What do these green diamond symbols mean?
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12. What is the significance of this font on a map?
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13. On OS Explorer 1: 25 000 maps, how far apart are the contour lines?

14. What colour are footpaths and bridleways on 1: 50 000 scale OS Landranger maps?

15. What does this map symbol mean?
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16. If a map grid square is 1km x 1km, how far is the diagonal?

17. What’s this map symbol showing?
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18. What does a blue icon indicate on an OS Landranger or OS Explorer map?

19. What is this symbol?
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20. What does the purple line on this map represent?
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Top image: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA. Public domain. Map images © Ordnance Survey, Benchmark image Wikicommons public domain

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