When first logging into OS Maps, the default map type displayed is our Standard map, available to free and premium users. Within the preferences section you can change the default map type (see 'Preferences' section of this Quick Start Guide for further instructions).
To switch between Map Types on the web, select ‘switch map style’ (bottom right-hand side on the screen) The map options will pop up and you can select different map types and overlays.
To switch between Map Types on the app, select the map type icon (bottom right-hand corner on the screen) The map menu will appear along with the different map types and overlays.
Standard maps (free for all users)
Standard: zoomable map, ideal for finding locations and planning on-road activities, particularly in urban areas.
Aerial: high resolution, zoomable aerial imagery. Great for seeing more detail of the terrain and vegetation, or just to find your house.
Greenspace (available for users in Great Britain only): Highlights greenspaces for outdoor recreation.
National Cycle Network (available for users in Great Britain only): Covers all the cycle paths.
Premium maps (available with a subscription only)
Premium Topo Maps: Zoom in through our leisure maps.
For users in Great Britain this includes OS Landranger (1:50k) and OS Explorer (1:25k) mapping. The best scale is chosen automatically. In the app you can choose to lock the map to 1:50k or 1:25k.
For users outside Great Britain Premium Topo maps vary dependant on location, please view the map legends for more info.
National Park pathways / Off-road Routing (available in Great Britain only): Highlights all paths, tracks, bridleways and roads in National Parks.
Aerial 3D (web only): View stunning 3D terrain, with or without your route. Perfect for showing off how steep that track was!
Use your mouse controls to adjust (height/direction/zoom) on the view. You also have the option to click 'full screen’ which hide all menus/controls and gives the best view! Click escape and the normal view will return.