New-look OS maps re­tain their fa­mil­iar con­tours

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An at­mo­spheric pic­ture show­ing deer graz­ing in a win­try land­scape and an im­age of an iconic church are fea­tured on the cov­ers of new Ord­nance Sur­vey (OS) maps.

The deer im­age, taken by Chris­tine Ross of Ash­ford, was se­lected to grace the front of the new OS Ex­plorer map cov­er­ing the Ash­ford, Head­corn, Chil­ham and Wye ar­eas.

The pho­to­graph of Fair­field Church on Rom­ney Marsh by Rus­sell Daw­son from Bournemouth ap­pears on the cover of the map that takes in Rom­ney Marsh, Rye, Winchelsea, New Rom­ney and Ten­ter­den.

Both were se­lected from pho­to­graphs en­tered in the OS photofit com­pe­ti­tion that was look­ing for eye-catch­ing pic­tures from across the south east to be used on the cov­ers of the new range of maps. The com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted more than 12,000 en­tries from am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers.

Over the next 12 months OS is to re­place all 607 of its cur­rent pa­per map ti­tles in the OS Ex­plorer, OS Lan­dranger and OS Tour se­ries with a new de­sign and an ad­di­tional mo­bile down­load of the map that can be ac­cessed for no ex­tra cost.

The Out­door Leisure maps, which cover all of Bri­tain’s na­tional parks and ar­eas of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty, will come with an iOS and An­droid­com­pat­i­ble down­load of the area cov­ered by the map.

The move fol­lows last year’s an­nounce­ment that sales of OS pa­per maps had in­creased for the first time in a decade.

Lee New­ton, head of Ord­nance Sur­vey Leisure, said: “Peo­ple are once again recog­nis­ing the vi­tal role which OS pa­per maps play in sup­port­ing dig­i­tal de­vices. There’s al­ways been an emo­tional at­tach­ment to the iconic de­sign and the feel of them in your hands, but the de­tail con­tained in OS Ex­plorer and OS Lan­dranger maps give users greater se­cu­rity and re­as­sur­ance when out­side ex­plor­ing.

“They fit in your back pocket, work with­out a bat­tery and do not need a sig­nal.

“OS is fully com­mit­ted to pa­per maps, just as it is fully com­mit­ted to up-to-date ac­cu­rate map- ping, and map­ping ev­ery inch of the coun­try in fine de­tail. It is clear to us that the pa­per map has an ex­cit­ing fu­ture.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.ord­nancesur­vey.co.uk/ about/news/2015/pa­per-mapre­v­o­lu­tion.html

The OS maps for Ash­ford and Rom­ney Marsh

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