Which map scale is best for me?

posted this on 2 Feb 2017

To gain the most from the great outdoors, make sure you get the right map for your activity.

  • Walking / Hiking: - 1:25,000 scale Explorer map. Especially when hiking it is important to know the terrain you are entering, a 1:25,000 scale allows you to plan your route as safely and accurately as possible.
  • Mountain Biking: - 1:25,000 scale Explorer map. Although a 1:50,000 should be accurate enough. If you are planning to go on particularly rough and potentially dangerous terrain, we would recommend you use the 1:25,000 for optimum safety and accuracy.
  • Family Cycle Riding: - 1:50,000 scale Landranger map would be sufficiently detailed for a family bike ride as it shows all the roads, country lanes and byways that are ideal for family days out.
  • Urban Geocaching / Walking: - 1:10,000 scale Street View® map. This map clearly shows road names and depicts building outlines and other notable public facilities. The extra detail on this scale of map makes it ideal for navigating in more urban areas.
Categories: Mapping

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