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GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS – 5c Grid References

Landscape features and places (both human and physical) can be located on an Ordnance Survey map through the use of grid references and grid squares.

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The ‘Eastings’ and ‘Northings’ are the numbers around the edge of an OS map.

To pinpoint a place you take the Eastings number first, then the Northing (along the corridor and up the stairs).

You also need an the two letter code (e.g. SK 2607)

Six-figure grid references enable more accurate readings, as two more figures give the exact location within the grid square identified through the four-figure grid reference.

How to take a 4-figure grid reference

How to take a 6-figure grid reference

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Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. BBC – Grid references
  2. Map Zone – Grid References
  3. Internet Geography – Map Skills

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