Natural features and heights - OS 25K symbols
OS 25K map symbols 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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|Ground survey height||Map link There is an 1141 metre spot height|
|Trig pillar height||Map link If one height is shown by a trig pillar symbol, it is that of the base of the trig pillar. If a second is shown in brackets it is that of the highest point of the hill.|
|Air survey height||Map link|
|Contours at 5 metre intervals||Map link|
|Contours at 10 metre intervals||Map link|
|5 metre interval contour stopping at grid line||Map link Use of 10 metre intervals between contours is by discrete areas. Some paper Explorer maps specify in the key that all contours are at 5 metre intervals, some sheets all at 10 metre. In the example shown here the interval changes south of the grid line at NY150500, and the 15 and 25 metre contours stop at that line.|
|Contours merge at steep face||Map link|
|Contours band together at cliff||Map link The OS symbol key indicates that as contour lines get closer they merge to have just a single contour line at a cliff. In practice it seems that there is a wider contour line, as along these vertical cliffs on Anglesey|
|Loose rocks||Map link|
|Boulders||Map link Most items called boulders by photographers have map symbols which are dots or very small circles; it is difficult to distinguish loose rocks from boulders.|
Note that the colour of rock features is being changed from black to grey - below are black versions:
Below are grey versions:
|Water (narrow)||Map link The symbols key for 25K maps does not have a "water features" section. Drains, rivers, canals and the sea are all shown by the blue colour. Watery words like spring and well and the names of water features also appear in blue.|
|Sand and shingle||Map link|
Map symbol images are Crown Copyright.