Map Reading Week Is Coming!


The Ordnance Survey is holding a National Map Reading Week from 17th to 23rd October. During this time, free map reading workshops will be available and a variety of resources, from videos to handy guides, will be available on the web site.

Following an increase in mountain rescue callouts, the Ordnance Survey commissioned a survey with 2,000 adults across Britain taking part. This revealed some pretty disturbing results – including 40% of people struggling to pinpoint London on an outline map of Britain, and only 14% being able to accurately plot Edinburgh’s position. Even more worrying perhaps, was the fact that just 40% of those surveyed felt they could confidently read a map with 10% never having used a paper map.

The survey results reinforced the idea that a National Map Reading Week was long overdue. So how can you support the Ordnance Survey during this week?


About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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