There are an increasing amount of on-line mapping options available these days and they are improving all the time.

Here are some that we have come across and used over the years. is a website which superimposes councils’ Rights of Way maps (if they have released them publically) on to an underlying map which can be from either the Ordnance Survey, OpenStreetMap or Bing. Having selected a place and brought up the map of choice on their site the Rights of Way are displayed and clicking on the map all the information on Council, Name, Type, length and location is displayed – Brilliant!

Bing Maps Map type selectable to right of zoom button. Can give you directions to your starting point.

Streetmap - just that

Ordnance Survey maps - excellent but you need to pay an annual subscription for the best walking maps

Google Maps - does not have OS quality maps but does have satellite viewing - UK grid reference finder / verification (we use this to check our programmes!)

Guide to Using Grid References - an easy to understand guide from OS - online OS mapping tool but with usage limits - a good source of OS maps (according to our Footpath Secretary!)

What3Words, - can help you find a spot within a few metres. Useful if postcodes are unavailable.

Digital Mapping Software from Mapyx supporters of the Outer Aylesbury Ring. PC based mapping program to plan and print routes. Also export routes to a GPS and import GPX files and GPS tracks. Program free, just buy the OS map tiles you need

Last Updated Nov 2018