3D Mapping With The Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey has revealed its latest impressive development – a new 3D mapping software package that brings to life some of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes. The interactive tool offers aerial views of peaks, glens, lochs and lakes – and also allows walkers to plot different routes and then share their plans.

Users are able to zoom in on specific locations and also rotate the chosen viewpoint giving a variety of perspectives on some of our most popular areas of countryside. It is also possible to search for routes already created from a 950,000-strong database.

Below is a 3D view of one of my favourite short local walks – from Watersmeet to Lynmouth in north Devon. It comes with a ‘route card’ with marked waypoints (not shown here), distances, starting and finishing grid references, latitudes and longitudes, and a neat elevation map of the complete route. Fantastic stuff!

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Here is another example – this is Snowdon – showing how this programme could be used to support lessons in the geography classroom. Well worth the subscription costs, I feel!

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The new Aerial 3D view is intended to complement standard OS maps – OS Landranger (1:50k) and OS Explorer (1:25) – that have been staple to walkers and hikers for decades. It is currently available in a seven-day free trial, which provides access to 607 other maps by OS. National Parks Pathways are also included. Afterwards access costs £19.99.

Log on here for your free trialhttps://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

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About devongeography

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