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More than a quarter of Britons have never been taught to read a map

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Revealed: Greater than 1 / 4 of Britons have by no means been taught to learn a map (and three-quarters do not know the image for a pub)

  • The findings are available in a ballot with over a 3rd stumped over the image for the john 
  • Greater than half (56 per cent) admit they have misplaced as a result of they cannot use a map
  • Thirty-nine per cent resort to calling associates, 26 per cent flag down assist 

Greater than 1 / 4 (27 per cent) of Britons declare they’ve by no means been taught the way to learn a map and even those that have, say they nonetheless do not know the way to learn one (14 per cent).

These are findings from a ballot by Ordnance Survey, which additionally discovered that walkers are stumped by probably the most primary of symbols – together with a pub, a viewpoint and a rest room.

Three-quarters (77 per cent) of these questioned could not recognise the pub signal (denoted by a traditional pint pot jug with a deal with) – and greater than a 3rd (38 per cent) did not know what to search for in the event that they wanted the john.

Greater than 1 / 4 (27 per cent) of Britons quizzed in an Ordnance Survey ballot declare they’ve by no means been taught the way to learn a map (inventory picture)

Three-quarters (77 per cent) of those questioned couldn't recognise the pub sign (above)

More than a third (38 per cent) didn't know what to look for if they needed the loo (above)

Three-quarters (77 per cent) of these questioned could not recognise the pub signal (left). Greater than a 3rd (38 per cent) did not know what to search for in the event that they wanted the john (proper)

Of the two,000 adults quizzed for the survey, carried out by One Ballot, greater than half (56 per cent) admit they have misplaced as a result of they cannot use a map or comply with an app accurately, with 39 per cent resorting to calling family and friends, 26 per cent flagging down assist, and 10 per cent reporting calling upon mountain or clifftop rescue to get dwelling.

Even once they’re not truly getting misplaced on walks, 31 per cent of Brits are anxious they could.

Many adults say they’re cautious and far happier in the event that they’re strolling with another person (46 per cent).

Regardless of all this, the pandemic has prompted Brits to go outdoor extra and plenty of are discovering surprising hidden gems. Round 1 / 4 (23 per cent) of people who find themselves out and about on walks discovered one simply up to now week.

OS GetOutside Ambassador Julia Bradbury stated: ‘On the face of it, these outcomes appear to point out the British public have a insecurity relating to their map studying abilities.

‘It is a disgrace, however one thing that may be shortly rectified. Understanding a number of fundamentals about the way to learn maps, understanding map symbols, contour strains, and figuring out grid references can rework how you’re feeling about getting outdoors safely.

‘Map studying abilities provide you with self-assurance and ease the concern of getting misplaced. That information can unlock the outside and result in great adventures and discoveries within the British countryside.’

Of the 2,000 adults quizzed for the survey, more than half admit they've got lost because they can't use a map or follow an app correctly, with 39 per cent resorting to calling friends and family

Of the two,000 adults quizzed for the survey, greater than half admit they have misplaced as a result of they cannot use a map or comply with an app accurately, with 39 per cent resorting to calling family and friends

Ordnance Survey is launching Nationwide Map Studying Week on Monday, July 11, ‘to encourage folks of all ages and pursuits to brush up on their map-reading abilities to allow them to discover, discover adventures and make recollections’.

OS’s MD for Leisure, Nick Giles, stated: ‘One of many key causes we run Nationwide Map Studying Week is to make the outside in Britain enjoyable, accessible and secure.

‘We wish to encourage folks to higher perceive how good map abilities, each paper and digital, can unlock and encourage folks to soundly uncover new locations and adventures.

‘We’ve a unbelievable set of map-reading sources on our GetOutside web site, so if you wish to get out and discover this summer season however really feel apprehensive, take a while to observe our movies or learn the blogs. These sources will provide you with the boldness to keep away from getting careworn and misplaced subsequent time you discover outdoors.’

TOP TIPS FOR MAP READING 

Select the precise map 

There are two choices. First is the orange OS Explorer maps, that are 1 to 25,000 in scale. Which means that for each 4 centimetres on the map, you could have kilometre on the bottom in actual life. They’re good for strolling, normal exploring, going out working, some sorts of kayaking and biking. These are the paper maps with the best stage of element.

The choice is the pink OS Landranger maps. These are 1 to 50,000 in scale, which signifies that for each two centimetres on the map, you could have a kilometre in actual life. They’re very best if you’re heading out on a Nationwide Path such because the Offa’s Dyke Path or the South Downs Means.

Perceive map symbols

You can find the legend explaining what the map symbols are printed on every OS Explorer and Landranger map. Above is the symbol for a viewpoint

You will discover the legend explaining what the map symbols are printed on each OS Explorer and Landranger map. Above is the image for a viewpoint

You will discover the legend explaining what the map symbols are printed on each OS Explorer and Landranger map. These will help your navigation.

Perceive contour strains

When out and about it’s helpful to get a way of the form and peak of the encompassing panorama. You do this on an OS map utilizing contour strains, the faint reddish-brown strains that for those who hint along with your finger will come to a quantity that exhibits peak above sea stage. On a shallow slope the contour strains shall be far aside, but when a slope is way steeper, the strains are nearer collectively on the map.

Discover your four-figure grid reference

To mark a spot on the map, it is advisable to give a grid reference. Numbers working from left to proper on the backside of the OS map are generally known as Eastings. Numbers working backside to prime alongside the edges are Northings. Choose the underside left-hand nook of a sq. on the map and take that quantity (e.g 24), then go from backside to prime of that sq. and discover that quantity (10) and also you get your grid reference (24 10). Every map has its personal two-letter prefix that tells you which of them a part of Britain you might be in (e.g SU 24 10). 

Supply: Ordnance Survey 

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