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?