OS 50K Symbols - Roads and paths

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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 1:50,000 maps, with map extracts showing the symbols. On the maps a blue circle is on or near the symbol. Use the mouse to move the pointer over the blue circle on a map to hide it.
Click on a thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, other photo details, and a larger section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map.
The article Ordnance Survey Map SymbolsExternal link gives an introduction, and links to others in the set of articles.

Motorway


SP6702 : M40 motorway near Tetsworth
SP6702 : M40 motorway near Tetsworth by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Number
SU3714 : M271 Southbound, Southampton
SU3714 : M271 Southbound, Southampton by GaryReggae 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Service area
Note that the name of the service area is in blue lettering.
SD5052 : Forton Services, M6 (Symbol on line of motorway)
SD5052 : Forton Services, M6 by michael ely 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

SK2401 : Tamworth Motorway Services (Symbol beside motorway; here service area is on access road from motorway junction)
SK2401 : Tamworth Motorway Services by Kevin Hale 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Junction number
SU1980 : Westbound carriageway of M4 just east of J15
SU1980 : Westbound carriageway of M4 just east of J15 by Brian Robert Marshall 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Elevated
SD9413 : M62 Viaduct
SD9413 : M62 Viaduct by Ian M 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

TQ1678 : Below the M4 (In this urban area, the symbol has been reduced to a V of lines on each side of the motorway where there is space on the map)
TQ1678 : Below the M4 by Peter Jordan 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright


Motorway Under Construction
TQ0476 : M25 T5 spur crossing the A3044
TQ0476 : M25 T5 spur crossing the A3044 by Andy Potter1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright (This map extract is from 2006 as the motorway is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)



Primary Route (A road, green lines)


TQ7326 : A21 at Silver Hill
TQ7326 : A21 at Silver Hill by Jonathan Billinger 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Primary route number
SK8490 : A631 by Woodhouse Farm
SK8490 : A631 by Woodhouse Farm by Jonathan Billinger 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Unfenced
NN1457 : Pass of Glen Coe, Scotland.
NN1457 : Pass of Glen Coe, Scotland. by Nevin Arrow 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Footbridge over
SX3760 : Footbridge over A38, Landrake
SX3760 : Footbridge over A38, Landrake by Kevin Hale 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Dual carriageway
TQ2589 : A406 - North Circular Road
TQ2589 : A406 - North Circular Road by Martin Addison 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Primary route under construction
SP8924 : Site of Linslade bypass, looking North
SP8924 : Site of Linslade bypass, looking North by Peter Roberts 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright (This map extract is from 2006 as the road is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)

Services (same symbol as on motorway)
TL3565 : Cambridge Extra services
TL3565 : Cambridge Extra  services by Steve  Fareham 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Road bridge over river
NN0909 : Double-arch bridge and reflection, Inveraray
NN0909 : Double-arch bridge and reflection, Inveraray by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Main road (A road, red lines)


SP7804 : Longwick - residential and commercial buildings on A4129
SP7804 : Longwick - residential and commercial buildings on A4129 by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Main road number
TF1479 : Tennyson Villa Farm on the A157 approaching West Barkwith
TF1479 : Tennyson Villa Farm on the A157 approaching West Barkwith by Alan Murray-Rust 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Unfenced
NR9946 : Boguille Hill on coast road, Arran (Dashed lines beside red line show it is unfenced, green dots show cycle route)
NR9946 : Boguille Hill on coast  road, Arran by paul birrell 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Dual carriageway
TA0327 : Boothferry Road
TA0327 : Boothferry Road by Andy Beecroft 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Main road under construction
ST1896 : South end of Blackwood by-pass
ST1896 : South end of Blackwood by-pass by Steve Morgan 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright (This map extract is from 2006 as the road is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)

Secondary road (B road)


SP7903 : Houses on B4444, Princes Risborough
SP7903 : Houses on B4444, Princes Risborough by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Secondary road number
TF0896 : Oakleigh Farm by the B1434
TF0896 : Oakleigh Farm by the B1434 by Jonathan Billinger 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Unfenced
TF1080 : B1399 between Fulnetby and Holton (also shows road fenced one side only)
TF1080 : B1399 between Fulnetby and Holton by Alan Murray-Rust 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Dual carriageway
TQ0771 : Convent Road, Ashford
TQ0771 : Convent Road, Ashford by David Squire 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Roads with passing places


Narrow A road with passing places
NC5956 : A836 an Ben Loyal (Symbol is dashed red line, long dashes and short gaps - the green dots show a cycle route along the road, this is also an unfenced road with dashed black lines each side)
NC5956 : A836 an Ben Loyal by Richard Webb 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Narrow B road with passing places
NG5618 : Corner on Elgol Road (Symbol is dashed brown line, long dashes and short gaps).
NG5618 : Corner on Elgol Road by Donald Thomas 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Road generally more than 4m wide


TR3246 : Crossroads to Waldershare Lane across Sutton Road Road over 4m wide (bottom left to top right of map below) crosses one under 4m wide
TR3246 : Crossroads to Waldershare Lane across Sutton Road by Nick Smith 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Unfenced SU9386 : Road through Littleworth Common
SU9386 : Road through Littleworth Common by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Dual carriageway
TG2823 : Minor road dual carriageway, Scottow
TG2823 : Minor road dual carriageway, Scottow by Katy Walters 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Other road, drive, or track


NO7598 : Track to Damhead
NO7598 : Track to Damhead by Nigel Corby 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Road generally less than 4m wide


SD9774 : Park Rash (This example has gradient symbols as well)
SD9774 : Park Rash by John Illingworth 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Unfenced
TF1281 : Between Holton and West Torrington
TF1281 : Between Holton and West Torrington by Alan Murray-Rust 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright


Unfenced
TL2963 : Field track
TL2963 : Field track by Shaun Ferguson 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Path


NG4919 : The 'Bad Step', Skye (Path is dashed black line, the continuous black line is the high water mark symbol)
NG4919 : The 'Bad Step', Skye by Bob Jones 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Gradients


Gradient 20% (1 in 5) or steeper
NY2114 : Honister Pass, Cumbria
NY2114 : Honister Pass, Cumbria by Gordon McKinlay 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Gradient 14% (1 in 7) to 20% (1 in 5)
SH8874 : B5383
SH8874 : B5383 by Dave Smethurst 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Gate


SX4363 : The end of the road, Cargreen
SX4363 : The end of the road, Cargreen by Kevin Hale 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

ST2090 : Cattle grid on Mynydd Machen Common This symbol of a line across the road is sometimes used to denote a cattle grid, usually with the words "cattle grid" which in future may be abbreviated as "CG". But this example of a cattle grid has the line across but no words.
ST2090 : Cattle grid on Mynydd Machen Common by Graham Horn 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Road tunnel


TL2532 : Weston Hills Tunnel
TL2532 : Weston Hills Tunnel by Brian Green 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Ferries


Passenger ferry
NX7462 : Ferry to Threave Castle (dashed black line with words "Ferry P")
NX7462 : Ferry to Threave Castle by David Hawgood 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Vehicle ferry
SX8752 : Dartmouth Higher Ferry and Torbay Railway train ((dashed black line with words "Ferry V")
SX8752 : Dartmouth Higher Ferry and Torbay Railway train by David Stowell 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Ferry route
HY5140 : Ferry at Whale Geo pier, Westray
HY5140 : Ferry at Whale Geo pier, Westray by Rob Burke 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Line of former road

Dashed line, usually with words like "Line of Roman Road". The OS key does not show this type of dashed line, which is also used for dismantled railways.
TL4901 : Mount End, Essex, on the Roman road
TL4901 : Mount End, Essex, on the Roman road by Mark Dunn 1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
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