Local OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence.

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This article has examples of symbols used only in particular areas. See extra symbols keyExternal link

National Park visitor centres

North York Moors OS 25K symbol - North York Moors National Park visitor centre SE5183 : National Park Centre by Mick GarrattMap linkExternal link
Northumberland  OS 25K symbol - Northumberland National Park visitor centre NY7566 : The Once Brewed National Park Centre by Bill HendersonMap linkExternal link
Yorkshire Dales OS 25K symbol - Yorkshire Dales National Park visitor centre SD8789 : Former Hawes Railway Station by Alexander P KappMap linkExternal link
Lake District OS 25K symbol - Lake District National Park visitor centre NY3901 : Brockhole visitor centre by Nigel Mykura Map linkExternal link
Pembrokeshire Coast OS 25K symbol - Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre SM7525 : Tourist Information Centre by Deborah TilleyMap linkExternal link
Exmoor OS 25K symbol - Exmoor National Park visitor centre SS9943 : Dunster Visitor Centre and Exmoor National Park Centre by JaggeryMap linkExternal link


London River Services OS 25K symbol - London River Services TQ4379 : Thames Clippers pier at Woolwich by Stephen CravenMap linkExternal link The symbol is at piers.
London Underground station OS 25K symbol - London Underground station TQ1683 : Perivale Underground Station, Central Line by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link


Glasgow Underground Station OS 25K symbol - Glasgow Underground Station NS5664 : Kinning Park subway station by Thomas NugentMap linkExternal link The symbol is just north of the motorway.

Norfolk Broads

On paper map Explorer OL 40, and on Get-a-map
Windmill (open to the public) OS 25K symbol - Windmill (open to the public) TG4522 : Horsey Mill by Evelyn SimakMap linkExternal link
Moorings (free) OS 25K symbol - Moorings (free) TG4522 : Staithe at Horsey Windpump by Paul BuckinghamMap linkExternal link
Electric boat charging point OS 25K symbol - Electric boat charging point TG3724 : Moonfleet Marine Ltd by Evelyn SimakMap linkExternal link Broads authority list of charging points and payment pointsExternal link

Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

On paper map Explorer 101, and on Get-a-map.
Contact the trustExternal link for access information (map)External link. It looks after all the uninhabited islands, many historical sites and most of the coastline - mainly for the Duchy of Cornwall.
Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre OS 25K symbol -  SV9010 : Hugh Town Quayside by Tony AtkinThe photo shows the quay; the visitor centre is in the harbourside waiting room on the quay, but the symbol does not appear on the map.
Wildlife area always closed OS 25K symbol - Wildlife area always closed SV9514 : Great Ganilly and Great Innisvouls by Andrew AbbottMap linkExternal link
Wildlife area always open OS 25K symbol - Wildlife area always open  SV9413 : Seal watchers at the Eastern Isles, Scilly by John RostronMap linkExternal link
Wildlife area - limited opening OS 25K symbol -  SV9414 : Southern hill of Great Ganilly, Eastern Isles, Scilly by John RostronMap linkExternal link These areas, mainly uninhabited islands, are closed from 15th April to 20th August), to prevent disturbance to seals and nesting birds.
Boundary of Wildlife Trust area OS 25K symbol - Boundary of Wildlife Trust area SV9414 : View East from Great Gannilly by Steve EggintonMap linkExternal link The purple line symbol as used around Forestry Commission access land is not shown on the key with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust symbols, but is used there at a boundary between different types of access on an island.

Purbeck and South Dorset MOD

The symbol key appears on paper map Explorer OL 15, and on OS online 1:25K map in box just below SY8679External link .
See MOD access information for Lulworth RangesExternal link. As well as the symbols shown below there are letters A to H indicating beaches which are open to the public when range walks are open.
Range walk starting point OS 25K symbol - Range walk starting point SY8279 : An entrance to Lulworth range by Julian DowseMap linkExternal link
Range walk OS 25K symbol - Range walk  SY8380 : Range Path, Bindon Hill by Pierre TerreMap linkExternal link
Roads open when range walks open OS 25K symbol - Roads open when range walks open SY8980 : Lulworth Ranges by Robin DraytonMap linkExternal link
MOD access web address OS 25K symbol - MOD access web address [[[]]] Address is www. access .mod .ukExternal link The address appears in the extra symbols keyExternal link. We haven't seen it on the Dorset area map, but it is on the Okehampton Ranges 25K mapExternal link .

Eastbourne and Beachy Head

On paper map Explorer 123, and on Get-a-map
Point of access to the foreshore OS 25K symbol - Point of access to the foreshore TV5995 : Steps at Cow Gap by Simon CareyMap linkExternal link

Map symbol images are Crown Copyright.

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