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Over the last few months, we’ve been working on a new version of our online route planning tool, OS getamap. The new application, OS Maps, offers free basic Ordnance Survey mapping with the option to add Explorer and Landranger through subscription.

OS Maps is the new online map application from the Ordnance Survey. It works through your web browser and only needs an internet connection to work – so you won’t need to install any software or downloads to use it! It is compatible with almost all devices.

OS getamap vs OS Maps
Device compatibilityDesktop PC, some Macs.Desktop PC, Mac, Linux, Tablet, smartphone.
View maps onlineStandard, 50k, 25kStandard, 50k, 25k
Print A4 mapsYesYes
Print A3 mapsNoYes
Draw routesYesYes
Find shared routesYesYes
Rate routesNoYes
Estimate route timeFixedEditable

Some features only available to subscribers.

OS Maps for free

You can get started with OS Maps here – if you already have a username and password for our online shop your login details will work for OS Maps too!

Non subscribed OS Maps users can access basic Ordnance Survey maps for free and can print maps and directions at home.

This allows you to use OS Maps as a complete tool for outdoor adventure. You could use OS Maps to plan a long weekend exploring a National Park with a map print and the route on your GPS device, or you could use the database of 40,000 places to visit to make the most of a trip to a historic town or picturesque village.

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You can also try over 500,000 existing routes and adjust your preferences to find out how long each route will take you to walk, run or ride.

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Using OS Explorer and Landranger Maps

A subscription is needed to access Explorer and Landranger layers in OS Maps. Subcriptions are available on a 1 month, 3 month and annual basis.

See the difference in features available for OS Maps free users and subscribers below:

Registered User (Free)Subscriber
Maps availableStandard, aerialStandard, aerial, 1:25k (Explorer), 1:50k (Landranger)
Create routesYesYes
Import routesYesYes
Save routesYes (public only)Yes (public or private)
Share routeYesYes
Find and view routesPublic onlyPublic and professional
Rate routesYesYes
Favourite routes*YesYes
Add route notes and images*Notes onlyNotes and images
Export routesNoYes
Share current locationYesYes
Show places of interestYesYes
Favourite places*YesYes
Share places*YesYes
Driving directionsYesYes
5-day weatherYesYes
Print routeYesYes
Print driving directionsYesYes
Printing sizesA4; portraitA4, A3; portrait, landscape

Once you’ve tried it, you can get a full year’s subscription to OS Mapsfor just £17.95 for a limited time.

To find out about more of the features in OS Maps and for tips for getting started, check out our quick start guide.

Maps User Guide

Maps uses your location to help you find directions from where you are to where you want to go, and shows you businesses, restaurants, and other places of interest that are nearby.

Allow Maps to use your location

If you see a message that Maps can’t use your current location, you need to turn on Location Services in System Preferences.

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.

  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.

  3. Click Privacy, select Location Services in the list on the left, select Enable Location Services, then select Maps.

Show your location on the map

In the Maps app on your Mac, click the Current Location button in the toolbar (or use the Touch Bar).

A blue dot appears on the map at your location.

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Turn off your current location

You can turn off Location Services for all apps on your Mac or just for Maps.

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.

  2. Click the lock icon to unlock it, then enter an administrator name and password.

  3. Click Privacy, select Location Services in the list on the left, then deselect Maps. To turn off Location Services for all apps, deselect Enable Location Services.

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For more information about Location Services and privacy, see Manage which apps can detect your Mac location.

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