Quality Mountain Days
                                                                 & Advanced workshops


A good quality map is essential for the hill walker to navigate successfully in the Scottish Mountains.  As with our verbal instructions and hand drawn map it would be quite feasible to climb to the top of Ben Nevis and back down using a similar sketch without incident,  however in bad weather this would present a very dangerous scenario indeed putting all involved at serious risk should they stray of the path.
The range of maps for walkers are of high quality and provide a wealth of information that allows the walker to navigate and find routes with confidence in all conditions. Two major suppliers being the Ordinance Survey and Harvey who produce a range of maps specifically for walkers.
Symbols and Features
There are some basic features that most maps will include:
Roads tend to be marked in different colours depending on the type
of road depicted. Roads on a map range from thick blue lines, showing
motorways, to dashed lines, indicating an unfenced minor road.

Footpaths are marked on Ordnance Survey maps in various colours. On a
1:25 000 scale OS Explorer Map the public rights of way are marked in green
and on a 1:50 000 scale OS Landranger Map they are marked in magenta.
There are various types of public rights of way and public access, so please
check the map key for full information. It is important to be aware that
footpaths that are shown in black are not necessarily public rights of way.

Woods are shown in green with a coniferous or non-coniferous tree shape
printed over the top. Other land features.
Buildings are marked by small black squares. However, some particular
buildings have their own special symbols, such as churches and windmills.
Any of these buildings can be useful landmarks, helping you to check your
position on the map.

Rivers and streams are shown as blue lines. The width of the line is
representative of the watercourse width (if the width of a river is more
than 8 metres it is shown as two blue lines with a light blue area between).
Rivers and streams can be extremely useful in determining your position
on a map.
Your Ordnance Survey map will also contain other features and information
that will be explained, along with the features above, in the key of the map.
Contours, Height and Rock features

Scale tells you how much the land has been scaled down to fit on the
paper. If the scale of a map is 1:50 000 then everything on the map will be
50 000 times smaller than it is in reality.   

Important: Participation Statement

Climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Community Web Kit provided free by BT