Ordnance Survey is Britain’s mapping agency. OS create up to date and accurate maps depicting the landscape’s human and physical features.

All OS maps use the same symbols, which are included in a key so people using the map know what each symbol represents. The symbols represent human features e.g. information points and physical features e.g. forest.

Learning the map symbols comes with practice, so explore this page to develop your understanding of them.

Understanding map symbols

Choosing the right map

Features of a compass

Understanding contour lines

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. OS Map Symbols
  2. OS Compass Directions
  3. Geography Association Map Skills
  4. Using a compass

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