Which maps are best for walkers?
The best and most comprehensive walkers' maps of Britain are the 1:25 000 scale Ordnance Survey Explorer series in orange covers published by the national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey (OS). They include a range of geographical features and landmarks at a high level of detail, including field boundaries, heights shown as contours and "spot heights", railway stations and tram stops.
They also show rights of way (except in Scotland), some permissive paths, other footpaths and tracks, many long distance paths, off-road cycle paths, open access land, locations of shorter circular walks and nature trails, information centres, viewpoints, picnic sites, visitor attractions and many other useful features.
Explorer maps were updated to show open access land created under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in England and Wales. The up dated maps introduced region by region are identified by a yellow top right corner and a brown and white Access Land logo on the cover.
Ordnance Survey maps covering our area?
Explorer Maps (1:25 000) covering our area are listed below.
|EXP OL26 - North York Moors (W)||EXP OL27 - North York Moors (E)|
|EXP 290 - York||EXP 291 - Goole and Gilberdyke|
|EXP 292 - Withernsea and Spurn Head||EXP 293 - Kingston upon Hull, Beverley|
|EXP 294 - Market Weighton & Yorkshire Wolds Central||EXP 295 - Bridlington and Driffield|
|EXP 299 - Ripon and Boroughbridge||EXP 300 - Howardian Hills and Malton|
|EXP 301 - Scarborough, Bridlington & Flamborough Head|
For more information about maps of adjacent areas including the rest of the North York Moors National Park, click Ordnance Survey to view their website.
OS Custom Made Maps
It is possible to purchase a custom made map from the OS (1:50 000 or 1:25 000), choosing the location that will be in the centre of the map. Click OS Shop for more information.
Ramblers members can borrow OS Explorer maps from Ramblers Central Office. Click Maps