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 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 1.7 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 - 2013. Please visit the website for more information - http://ukmapapp.com/
What's New in Version 2.3
This version updates the 1:250,000 mapping to the latest version from Ordnance Survey.
It also supports the new iOS 7 appearance and resolves various bugs and other issues.
I use this for big trips away from home, mainly sea kayaking and winter mountaineering in Scotland. Closer to home I have my local area downloaded - helped me more than once when riding the road bike and needed to check unfamiliar country lanes. The compass / orientation function is very useful too :-)
Phone battery life issues means it's never going to be as good as a dedicated GPS for continuous use, but my phone is with me all the time, so I always have detailed map to hand, even with no phone signal.
I've also taken to adding any missing paths by updating OSM which should see them on these maps in time.
The wife uses it to teach parts of the ML syllabus too!
UK only, so have to use something like MotionX and cached maps when abroad.
I love this app. It's very easy to use. No cost to download 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 maps for smaller areas. They work seamlessly and are detailed enough for casual country walks, very good for walking around towns and villages. The 3D and slope shading is also good. I frequently take landscape photos and compare the contours and shape of hills and mountains to the actual photo. They are remarkably similar. Superb, well worth it, have used it for years.
Good value for money - 3d mapping is useful for getting a visual on heights before attempting some serious hill walking.
However, I was a bit misled by the 1:25k mapping - it is not the same detail as you'll find on the OS paper versions. (I thought £7.99 was a bit too good to be true.)
Still, the maps looks good on the iPad and I'm looking forward to more planning new walks based on this app.
Will compliment my subscription to OS Get-A-Map service.
- Category: Navigation
- Updated: 23 October 2013
- Version: 2.3
- Size: 232 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Philip Endecott
- © 2010-2013 Philip Endecott
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.