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Discussion Forum - Gear ! - OS Maps application and OS paper maps


Author: Raymond Wilkes
Posted: Wed 28th Aug 2019, 9:21
Joined: 2013
Local Group: West Yorkshire
I always take a GPS at 1;25k plus I print out A4 maps from my computer at 1:50k, sometimes enlarged. It is a very light weight way of having paper maps in my map case and I get the best of GPS, paper, and both scales.
Author: Dave Clifton
Posted: Mon 26th Aug 2019, 18:06
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Northumbria
No worries , if you want to get details where I stayed, drop me a mail, I competed in 13 days and stayed in some really comfortable places
Author: Iain Connell
Posted: Sun 25th Aug 2019, 15:55
Joined: 2010
Local Group: East Lancashire
Author: Dave Clifton
Posted: Fri 23rd Aug 2019, 11:22
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Northumbria
Hi Iain, One of the risks of relying on phones and indeed GPS is that they could fail you or not be as detailed in an urban setting for example. I mentioned the trailblazer book as it was very useful at times being a collection of descriptions and hand drawn maps. When I was walking on the Hadrian's trail through a village and my GPS was hard to work out what was a road and the HW path . I turned to the page in my book and it showed buildings etc and got me on the right turning . If you would like me to post you the Pennine way trailblazer book I have a V4 from last year lets me have your address. Not on this forum but if you click onto the Northumbria LDWA pages you will see my email address to send me your details . We always also on our group walks have a paper map of the area.
Author: Iain Connell
Posted: Thu 22nd Aug 2019, 12:46
Joined: 2010
Local Group: East Lancashire
The point about the problem of loading/using whole GPX tracks (or routes?) was NeilHikerDoc's, not Dave's. Apologies.
Author: Iain Connell
Posted: Thu 22nd Aug 2019, 12:41
Joined: 2010
Local Group: East Lancashire
Author: Dave Clifton
Posted: Thu 22nd Aug 2019, 8:06
Joined: 2011
Local Group: Northumbria
Hi Both, I too completed the Pennine way this July but I used a Garmin Montana with OS mapping plus crucially a trailblazer V5 book that gave me hand drawn small maps to keep me going. I also used a Trailblazer book on Hadrian's wall along with my GPS. I had little problems over Cross fell using the OS map on my GPS and hit all paths even through visibility was poor. My only problem with the OS mapping on my GPS in Yorkshire was the alternative Pennine bridal paths also shown as a National trail. Every night on my Pennine way journey I charged my GPS which gave me well over 8 hours of use with the battery saving option that my GPS has . I also carried spare batteries but never used them. I don't doubt that smart phones are an option but for me a GPS with OS mapping plus a trailblazer book is for me
Author: Neil HikerDoc
Posted: Wed 21st Aug 2019, 15:56
Joined: 2019
Local Group: West Yorkshire
Hi Marcus, I recently completed the Pennine Way, which is very well signed throughout the route, but in places it requires a quick reorientation to make sure the wrong (sheep) track isn't followed across the miles of peat bog that form a good bit of the trail. I used OS Mapping, Android version, having previously created about 12 sections or so, on the Routes function of the app, instead of one long continuous route, which would have been a massive single download and also a massive programme to open off-line when on the trail.

I had used the app on an older phone last year to walk the Dales Way, Hadrian's Wall, Y3P, West Highland Way and also earlier this year the Hebridean Way. I had experienced a lot of problems with the off-line mapping function and assumed it was the limited power of my old phone and so I put up with it and double-checked with compass and printed maps.

Before going on the Pennine Way, I up-graded to a hugely powerful new phone, with a 7 nano chipset and blistering speed and massive internal memory. I was therefore really surprised to find that the same old problems continued with the off-line maps. They just would not load properly and unless I could get access to data through 3G or 4G, the maps simply would not load fully. I could still get the route (as a line) and the cursor (indicating whether I was still on the route or not), but no map detail and so no topography of the terrain.

I have to say, I was very disappointed with this issue and at one stage, on Cross Fell, in thick mist, absence of defined trail and GPS lost, it was a little unsettling. I am now looking at alternatives, such as ViewRanger, which some reviews suggest is better. I just wondered if you, or any of the other LDWA members have also had experience of this same problem with the OS Mapping app in Android? What was the outcome - change app or is there a way to overcome the issues with OS Maps?
Author: Marcus Becker
Posted: Thu 1st Aug 2019, 15:55
Joined: 2018
Local Group: Thames Valley
I have a subscription to OS maps and can download any UK map, but it only covers small areas and then has to reload. It is also awkward to use and create own custom offline maps.
Today my very first real paper map arrived and I unlocked it on the application. It covers half of the Chiltern Hills, just like that! 140MB download and I got all the 1:25k maps!

Never walking in grey areas again, because your offline map ran out and you had no signal :P

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