Snap to Path
What is Snap-to-Path?

Snap-to-path is a helpful tool which will automatically ‘snap’ a route you’re plotting to available paths, tracks and roads. It means you don’t have to trace out every detail of your route by drawing hundreds of straight lines; instead just click two points on the map, and a route between them will be calculated automatically.

National Park Snap-to-Path
NEW! Global Snap-to-Path
Where it works Great Britain’s 15 National Parks Globally
How to access it Select ‘Snap’ while on Premium Topo or with the National Park Pathways Overlay on Select ‘Snap’ while Standard Map is selected
What paths does it use Rights of Way (e.g. Footpaths / Bridleways) and paths / tracks within Access Land Paths and tracks from OpenStreetMap

National Park Snap-to-Path

Where it works Great Britain’s 15 National Parks
How to access it Select ‘Snap’ while on Premium Topo or with the National Park Pathways Overlay on
What paths does it use Rights of Way (e.g. Footpaths / Bridleways) and paths / tracks within Access Land

NEW! Global Snap-to-Path

Where it works Globally
How to access it Select ‘Snap’ while Standard Map is selected
What paths does it use Paths and tracks from OpenStreetMap
Why was Snap-to-Path limited to GB National Parks before?

Previously, Snap-to-path only worked along Rights of Way in Britain’s National Parks. Creating this dataset was a big undertaking: as well as digesting all the Rights of Way, we consulted with park rangers to check the connectivity between different paths, surveyed some paths on the ground and quality-assured the data. The magnitude of this process meant it was not feasible to roll it out across the whole country.

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What’s New?

With the launch of new OS Maps Web, you’re now able to use Snap-to-path across the world on our Standard Map layer, which means you can quickly and easily plot routes all over the globe. Just select the ‘snap’ option with the Standard Map open and plan away!

It’s important to highlight that the new Global Snap-to-path is not guaranteed to be along Rights of Way. We always recommend double checking your route by switching to OS’s 1:25,000 mapping (Premium Topo map layer) and making sure the route is either following a Public Right of Way or is within Access Land. 

The new Global Snap-to-path feature uses data from OpenStreetMap, which comes from a variety of sources. Ordnance Survey does not verify this dataset, therefore we cannot make any guarantees about its accuracy. Always check that your route follows Rights of Way before heading out and you should always exercise your independent judgment.

Snap-to-Path in GB National Parks

As well as the new addition of Global Snap-to-path, in Great Britain you’ll still be able to use Snap-to-path on our Premium Topo maps in any of the 15 National Parks. This feature works in exactly the same way as before.

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