OS Walking Resources

Here are some helpful tools from Ordnance Survey (OS Maps) to help you get off on the right foot!

Whether you’re new to hillwalking, rambling or hiking and looking for some ideas and tips to get started, or a seasoned explorer hoping to broaden your horizons, OS Maps have everything you need to start your next adventure.

See some guides below on finding inspiration and ideas to get outside. And if you’re ready to get going, check out OS Maps app and the Ordnance Survey website to discover local routes, plan your own adventures and find a range of tools to help you get the most of your time outside.

How to start walking - top tips for beginners

Walking/hiking is one of the best ways to get fit and healthy whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Here is an article by Emma Yoxall who shares tips about how she got started.

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What to take walking

Check out Ordnance Survey’s hiking checklist which gives tips on what to take and what to wear.

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How to find easy walking and cycling routes using dismantled railway lines

Here are Ordnance Survey’s tips for finding traffic-free cycling/walking routes along former railway lines.

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10 best UK hill walks for beginners

The UK has some amazing hill walking tracks, many suitable for beginners, here are Ordnance Survey’s top 10.


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Best stile-free walks in Britain

Here are some ideas for the best stile-free walks in Britain.


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Sensory walks

Ordnance Survey teamed up with the national charity Sense to put together these tips for finding the best sensory walks.


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Planning a long distance walk

Find your own adventure and plan a long distance walk with Ordnance Survey’s tips and routes.

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5 of the best places to walk and swim

Here are OS Get Outside’s top 5 places to walk and swim.

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10 epic mountains to climb

Check out OS GetOutside Champion James Forrest as he lists 10 of his favourite mountains in England and Wales.

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