OS symbols basic quiz 2 - what is by the roadside

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This is a quiz to help the navigator of a vehicle on a road tell the driver what will be seen, where to stop. Each map is an extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 scale map, and the blue circle on each map is over a map symbol. (If you use the mouse to move the pointer over the blue circle, it disappears, making it easier to see the symbol.)
What is the symbol? What would you see? To see the answer to a question, select from one brace { to the next } - so {answer} becomes {answer}.

The Ordnance Survey symbols articleExternal link has links to the OS list of symbols, and also to Geograph photos showing examples of what the symbols depict.

1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Answer:{Golf course }
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Answer:{A church (or other religious building) with tower }
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Symbol is red line of short dashes south of road. What is it, and what would you expect to see at the roadside? {Symbol is for public footpath, there is often a sign where the path leaves the road.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Answer: {Road bridge over river}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright Answer: {railway over road}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown CopyrightWhat does the line of dashes both sides of the yellow road show? {Unfenced road}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What does the arrowhead across the road show? {steep hill}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is the symbol? And where is the item located?{phone box at the road junction - there is a line from the phone symbol to the road junction.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown CopyrightWhat is the green area on both sides of the road?{coniferous wood.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What are the red diamond symbols? Do they mean it is a motorable road?{Long distance path - may or may not be on a motorable road}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What do the dotted lines under the blue circle show? {The dual carriageway road goes into a tunnel}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What might you see as you drive along this road?{The letters LC stand for Level Crossing - so you might see flashing lights, level crossing gates, and then a train on the level crossing}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What do the blue dotted areas both sides of the road show? {Orchards.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is the rectangle with cross hatching inside?{A glass structure - usually a greenhouse. }
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright The symbol by the road junction is a thin triangle with a stepped line across the top. What is it? {A mast - usually a radio or TV mast.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown CopyrightAnd this symbol is a vertical line with an X on top. What is it? {A wind pump. A similar but larger symbol is a wind generator.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is this symbol? {A windmill.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is this symbol? {A lighthouse}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What do the symbols both sides at the top of the road show? {The road is in a cutting. }
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What does the letter P stand for?{Post Office.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown CopyrightThere is a line of alternate dots and dashes. What is it? And what might you see driving along the road{County boundary, and a county boundary sign. ).}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is the grey shaded area? {Parkland}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright A black line with Vs beside it crosses the road. What would you see along the line? And at a V symbol? {A power line, with pylons - but the Vs are conventionally spaced, there may not be a pylon at a "V".}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright There is a line across the road in the blue circle. What is it? {A gate - or possibly a cattle grid - across the road.}
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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright What is the red circle? {Railway station}
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