By: Blonde Two

Mr B2 and I seem to have a bit of a mapping issue. I am fairly sure that it is a unique one, I am also sure that Ordnance Survey would say that it is entirely our fault.

Whenever we visit another area (Dartmoor is easy because there is only one map), we always seem to pick a spot that is directly on the intersection of three maps.

Take Mid-Wales for instance, we both love visiting but end up having to print bits of maps (easy when you have OS Online Mapping) to cover the required area. For example, here is the location of the Claerddu bothy and below it a photo of the maps that you would need in order to navigate into it from any distance.

Copyright Ordnance Survey 2016

Copyright Ordnance Survey 2016

Claerddu Maps

We have the same problem with tomorrow’s trip to the Cairngorms. Luckily I recently found Ordnance Survey’s Map Sheet Finder, which helps with this process (but only if you have a reasonable idea of where you are going to be). It displays a zoomable map of the UK with the OS maps overlaid onto it. You can choose between 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 and click on a point of interest to find out which map best suits your purposes.

For example, if you were a Blonde staying somewhere near to Tomintoul, you might use the Map Sheet Finder to find out that you need (obviously) the map sheet just to the east of the two you bought last year. This would be annoying if you didn’t like buying maps so much!