Maps are created by cartographers to help people to navigate. Find out about basic mapping using compass points, grid references, title, key, scale and interpreting Ordnance Survey maps.
What are the map-reading basics that will help you read a map successfully?
Compass directions, grid references and key
Compass directions, grid references, key and scale
Compass directions, grid references, key, scale and reading the title
What are the points of the compass starting at 12 o'clock and heading clockwise?
East, North, South, West
South, West, North, East
North, East, South, West
With grid references, which numbers come first?
Eastings (numbers along the bottom)
Northings (numbers up the side)
Grid references can be written with either Eastings or Northings first
A four-figure grid reference represents what?
The grid square to the north west of the point
The grid square to the north and east of the point
The grid square to the south and west of the point
What does the six-figure grid reference 198823 tell you?
It gives you an exact point in grid square 1988 that is 2/10s up and 3/10s along.
It gives you an exact point in grid square 1988 that is 2/10s across and 3/10s up.
It gives you an exact point in grid square 1982 that is 8/10s across and 3/10s up.
Outdoor pursuit maps from the Ordnance Survey typically have a scale of 1:25,000. So what does 1 cm on the map represent?
Study the map of Hope Valley and Shatton Edge. What is at grid reference 208825?
Study the map of the Hope Valley and Shatton Edge. What is the relief of the land like at 198815?
Study the map of Hope Valley and Shatton Edge. How high is the highest point of Shatton Edge (grid reference 1980)?
395 m above sea level
417 m above sea level
400 m above sea level
Study the map of Hope Valley and Shatton Edge. What do the grid references 2080 and 2180 suggest about past activities in this area?
The land was ancient royal hunting grounds and was the hideout of Robin Hood (shown by Robin Hood's Stone).
The land was used for ancient burials - indicated by the tumuli.
The land was used for political meetings - shown by the Reform Stone.