By Phil Endecott
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* Detailed street-level mapping of England, Scotland and Wales using Ordnance Survey® data. * 3D mode ideal for mountains. * 1:250,000 road maps built in to the app. * Free detailed 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 maps downloaded and stored for off-line use. * Contour lines and hill shading. * Footpaths from OpenStreetMap.org. * Off-line place, street name and postcode search. * Works on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Since April 2010, Britain's national mapping agency Ordnance Survey has released a large amount of free map data. UK Map makes much of that data available in a single app. It includes 1:1M MiniScale® and 1:250k road maps, which are built into the app, and 1:25k district maps and 1:10k street maps for the entire country which you can download in 5km by 5km tiles. Unlike other Ordnance Survey apps, these downloads are entirely free of charge - the only cost is the initial purchase of the app.
New in version 2.0, the app now has a 3D mode that lets you view the terrain from any viewpoint - it's great for visualising hills and mountains.
In comparison with most other map apps, this app shows much more detail of individual buildings at the street level.
Note that Ordnance Survey have not released any of their Landranger® or Explorer® map data as part of this free scheme, so those maps are not included in the app. However the app's 1:25k maps are suitable for countryside use; they are comparable to Landranger, since they don't show field boundaries and a few other details. They do show water features and woodland, contour lines and hill shading, and now also footpaths.
Note that because the footpaths are derived from volunteer-collected data from OpenStreetMap.org, the coverage is not yet as complete as the other map data.
The app also includes a searchable gazetteer containing over 250,000 place names, 850,000 street names and 1.6 million post codes. All of this data is built in to the app, so this search also works when there is no network connection.
The app also supports the compass (not all devices) and GPS (iPhone and some iPads only), and can display your position and altitude.
After installing the app, touch the '?' button to view the instructions including how to download detailed maps and how to move around in 3D mode.
Unfortunately Northern Ireland is not included. The Isle of Man is included only at road-atlas scales.
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2010 - 2014. Please visit the website for more information - http://ukmapapp.com/
What's New in Version 2.6
This is a bug fix to improve compatibility with the iPad Air 2.
If you don't have an iPad Air 2, there is no need to install this update.
great app for british map users - a long term favourite of mine
this really is a first rate app - i have been using it for a few years now and it is definitely my map app of choice (after experimenting with many others - I am a bit nerdiah about maps). The use of unrestricted maps from the OS makes it much cheaper and more useful than any of the other map apps available. Also whilst the 3D effects are not immediately dramatic they are very effective. It is not only in upland areas that it works. I am using the app in Kent and Sussex where the topography is complex and often obscured on flat OS maps by the wealth of other data (roads, villages, forests etc.) in this sort of terrain the additional visual clues from the 3D mapping makes a real difference. A bit more vertical exaggeration might be nice but this is a seriously useful cartographic app.
Excellent mapping for times without 3/4 G
I’ve had this app for years and it’s excellent. Basically the UK is OS mapped at a standard driving scale “out of the box”. When you know you are going somewhere where you need a detailed map then download the high detail version of just those places and you’ll be right down to street name level without needing the internet! When you return home you simply delete the detailed maps.
There’s built-in GPS location and you can search by postcode, place or street name.
The 3D is fund for mountainous areas but I don’t use it much. Absolutely great app - just get it!
Awesome map - excellent detail and easy to use
This is a truly amazing app and I use it everywhere I go, downloading detailed maps for each area I visit for free. There are no ads or In-App purchases and the App is quick and easy to use.
Just the ability to find local footpaths is great and the 3D view is fantastic - something that used to cost more than £100 until recently.
My only request would be to make the navigation work more like Apple Maps, i.e. Two finger twist to rotate and two finger push up/down for 3D view. Controls are OK once you get used to them though.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: 03 November 2014
- Version: 2.6
- Size: 309 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Philip Endecott
- © 2010-2014 Philip Endecott
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.