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The OS Explorer series works at 1:25000 which is 4cm to the kilometer or 2.5 inch to the mile. That's as tight a scale as you'll get from the OS (their Landranger series are less fine at 2cm to the kilometer) and it's easily enough for casual rambling or more serious hiking. To give you an idea of the scale, it takes four of these Explorer maps to cover the English Lake District (OL4, 5, 6 and 7). I would suggest that if you're driving or cycling on good roads and paths you may be better off with the more manageable Landrangers.

These maps are printed both sides, and they also fold out pretty big, so if your route takes you over the page, maneouvring these beasts can be a little cumbersome. Note also that the key is only printed on one side, across a boundary and that can cause some difficulties. So, some serious map folding is needed - when I was in the Territorial Army, we even had a lesson on the subject.

The "Active" version is waterproofed and costs a few pounds more than the plain paper map but it is even bulkier. I prefer to use the paper map and stuff it in a map case or even a clear plakky bag. Horses for courses.

If you're sticking to roads, paths or decent tracks, or are going to be within sight of plenty of obvious landmarks, you can operate without a compass. If your walk is a little more adventurous, you'd be wise to carry one with you, but bear in mind that effective compass usage doesn't come without a little training and practise.

Final tip: before you leave the car park, "orient the map". In other words, make sure you know where you are on the map and where you're going. Line up your route on the map with the route on the ground and be aware that this might require you to hold the map upside down or on it's side. Try and maintain a reference between the map and reality as you go, matching landmarks on the ground with those on the map, and you'll never get lost.

Away from the practical aspects, I love OS maps and I can spend hours poring over them. It's almost as good as actually going to the places they depict.
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on 2 October 2011
Top quality OS map as ever. Waterproofing works well and shows no sign of degrading after several trips. Good to write on wipe off.
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on 30 November 2013
What's not to like about a map which tells you where the paths are up Snowdon. did the climb with my Grandson of 16 - went up the Pyg and down the Rangers. Think we'll go down the Miner's next time!
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on 12 October 2013
I have been using these maps for years for doing coastal walking around England and they are great and comforting to have. They have a lot of detail and would recommend them.
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on 29 June 2009
EXACTLY WHAT IT NEEDED TO BE, DIDN'T ACTUALLY NEED IT FOR CLIMBING SNOWDON BECAUSE THE PATHS ARE SO OBVIOUS BUT INVALUABLE FOR OTHER WALKS.
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on 4 January 2011
Excellent OS map as expected covering a massive area, double sided with tons of detail. Brought originally to use to walk Snowdon (though not needed as paths are obvious), liked the fact that Snowdon itself near middle on one side, not on the edge which was ideal. Map arrived quickly, in good condition with no damage and I have since purchased other OS maps.
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on 4 July 2010
It is excellent map and I can highly recommend it. It is exactly what you need if you are going to go there. There is everything what you need to know. I just missed there some bus stops so you can take the bus if you need some help with long distance. There is quite nice net of busses around Snowdon.
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on 17 May 2012
Thought the activity maps were a bit gimmicky until I bought this one; wouldn't buy a standard map again now. No need to laminate (already done), doesn't tear, doesn't stay wet and you can use it without a map case - brilliant!
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on 25 August 2011
This map as with all OS Maps has all the information you need when going walking/trekking. Some of the illustrations are a bit small to read at times (especially if your eye sight is not good) but really useful.
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on 20 July 2013
... about OS maps? Excellent as always and the Explorer ones really do withstand the weather and last far longer than the standard paper maps. I never walk more then a couple of miles from the car without one.
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