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Old 10-01-2017, 05:16 PM
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Question Best way to obtain Ordnance Survey maps

My wife and I will be visiting Scotland this Spring. Aside from a mandatory visit to Dunollie Castle (she’s partially a MacDougall) near Oban we’ll be looking for scenery and fishing in the Highlands. Downloaded the 2013/14 edition of “Rivers and Lochs of Scotland” (hat tip to 3#grayling).
The waters in that comprehensive book are listed by Landranger Ordnance Survey map, 1- 85.
These maps are at the 1:50,000 scale. For us as map savvy but casual visitors what is the best way to obtain the maps we need? Download to electronic device? Pay for paper copies?
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Worth looking here, https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blo...line-for-free/ I think the 'Premium membership' is probably needed for the maps you want but it isn't expensive, can get week free trial, monthly or yearly membership.
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Buy the hard copy OS maps from new and they now come with a code so that you can also download a digital version too. Best of both worlds.

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Small scale maps, like OS Explorer and Landranger maps used for country walks, can be borrowed from libraries. Search the online library for ‘map’ plus other relevant words, like ‘maps east sussex’ or ‘maps walks’.
I bought a stack of maps quite cheaply from Amazon too
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I use OS a fair bit, so I took out a subscription to their online maps. For smaller areas, I make prints from the online versions - very simple and handy on A4 paper (I use waterproof, untearable paper for this job). I find a paper map easier to use in the field than trying to pull it up on my smartphone.

For larger areas, I have on a couple of occasions ordered a custom paper map from them. This allows you to dictate the centre of your map, going by where you are based, rather than going with their random borders - very useful for fishing holidays.

For everything else, there is the standard OS Landranger series, available from all good outlets.

Another use of the online sub is being able to download GPS logs from your devices - smartphone, camera, etc, to record your movements...

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Not certain it's exactly what you're looking for, but for free it's worth a look.

Google ' where's the path '. Great little app that gives you OS 1:50000 maps and corresponding Google Earth images on a split screen. I find it great for working out access points etc to fishy looking bits of water on the Google Earth image.

Like I said, not exactly certain it's what you're after but well worth a look for nothing.

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Download Backcountry navigator on Android, might be on Apple now but not sure. OS maps of the whole country in both scales (just zoom in) and it's free, you can subscribe for more options but I've yet to find the need.
Only downside is you do need a reasonable signal, though you could always screen capture the area you need.
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Useful for planning or printing off small areas is Bing Maps where you can select the Ordnance Survey layout.
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I have Anquet Maps https://www.anquet.com/pages/current-offers

They are doing the 1:50000 whole of the GB for £50 just now https://www.anquet.com/products/os-1...nt=28235926601

I just print out and laminate the area I am going to. I also have the 1:25000 for Scotland if I want a more detailed map

The viewer software is free https://www.anquet.com/pages/pc-software
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I just print out and laminate the area I am going to...
I found this stuff to be an improvement on the print-and-laminate system...

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Only downside is you do need a reasonable signal...
Aye, worth bearing that in mind. For those not familiar, there are still large tracts of rural Scotland that have very poor signals.

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