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Map Symbols

This is my selection of the symbols and abbreviations used on UK Ordnance Survey maps - those that are not too obvious and not too obscure.

This page covers the 1:25 000 Explorer series (designed for walkers and outdoor leisure activities) and the 1:50 000 Landranger series (designed for motorists and general use).

For a full list (in downloadable pdf form) please go to the Ordnance Survey website.

Abbreviations

The following abbreviations are used on both 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 maps:

BP Click to show or hide the answer
BS Click to show or hide the answer
CG Click to show or hide the answer
CH Click to show or hide the answer
Cvt Click to show or hide the answer
ELDR Click to show or hide the answer
FB Click to show or hide the answer
HPO Click to show or hide the answer
LB Sta Click to show or hide the answer
LC Click to show or hide the answer
MHW Click to show or hide the answer
MLW Click to show or hide the answer
MP Click to show or hide the answer
MS Click to show or hide the answer
PC Click to show or hide the answer
PH Click to show or hide the answer
PO Click to show or hide the answer
Rec Click to show or hide the answer
Sch Click to show or hide the answer
TA Click to show or hide the answer
TH Click to show or hide the answer
Vic Click to show or hide the answer
W Click to show or hide the answer

Roads, Paths and Boundaries

The following symbols are actually taken from the Explorer information. The Landranger series uses the same symbols, except where indicated below.

Motorway Click to show or hide the answer
Dual Carriageway Click to show or hide the answer
Main Road Click to show or hide the answer
Secondary Road Click to show or hide the answer
Minor Road Click to show or hide the answer
Footpath Click to show or hide the answer
Bridleway Click to show or hide the answer
National Boundary Click to show or hide the answer
County Boundary Click to show or hide the answer
National Park Boundary (1:25 000 Explorer) Click to show or hide the answer

Tourist Information

Visitor Centre Click to show or hide the answer Recreation / Leisure / Sports Centre Click to show or hide the answer
Camp site Click to show or hide the answer Caravan Site Click to show or hide the answer
Golf Course Click to show or hide the answer Viewpoint Click to show or hide the answer
Walks / Trails Click to show or hide the answer Nature Reserve Click to show or hide the answer
Picnic Site Click to show or hide the answer Garden Click to show or hide the answer

General Information

Youth Hostel Click to show or hide the answer Bunkhouse Click to show or hide the answer
Bus Station Click to show or hide the answer Trig Point Click to show or hide the answer
Lighthouse Click to show or hide the answer Lighthouse (disused) Click to show or hide the answer
Windmill Click to show or hide the answer Wind Pump Click to show or hide the answer
Heliport Click to show or hide the answer Place of Worship Click to show or hide the answer
Church with Tower Click to show or hide the answer Church with Spire Click to show or hide the answer
Site of Antiquity Click to show or hide the answer Site of Battle Click to show or hide the answer

1:25 000 (Explorer)

Tourist information

The following symbols are used on the Explorer series only:

Theme Park or Pleasure Park Click to show or hide the answer Preserved Railway Click to show or hide the answer
Public House Click to show or hide the answer Craft Centre Click to show or hide the answer
Horse Riding Click to show or hide the answer Fishing Click to show or hide the answer
Museum Click to show or hide the answer Castle or Fort Click to show or hide the answer
Country Park Click to show or hide the answer Water Activities Click to show or hide the answer
Cathedral or Abbey Click to show or hide the answer Heritage Centre Click to show or hide the answer
National Trust Click to show or hide the answer English Heritage Click to show or hide the answer

1:50 000 (Landranger)

Roads and paths

The symbols for roads on 1:50 000 Landranger maps are essentially the same as those for 1:25 000 Explorer maps (see above), but this one is extra:

Primary Route Click to show or hide the answer

A Primary Route is an important A road.

Landranger maps use a different colour for footpaths from the Explorer:

Footpath (1:50 000 Landranger) Click to show or hide the answer
Bridleway (1:50 000 Landranger) Click to show or hide the answer

Boundaries

The Landranger also uses a different colour from the Explorer for National Park boundaries :

National Park Boundary Click to show or hide the answer

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