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

National Park visitor centres

North York Moors OS25K Nat. Parks - N. York MoorsSE5183 : National Park Centre by Mick GarrattMap link
Northumberland  OS25K Nat. Parks - NorthumberlandNY7566 : The Once Brewed National Park Centre by Bill HendersonMap link
Yorkshire Dales OS25K Nat. Park - Yorkshire DalesSD8789 : Former Hawes Railway Station by Alexander P KappMap link
Lake District OS25K Nat. Parks - Lake DistrictNY3901 : Brockhole visitor centre by Nigel Mykura Map link
Pembrokeshire Coast OS25K Nat. Park - Pembrokeshire CoastSM7525 : Tourist Information Centre by Deborah TilleyMap link Link position is by symbol, not by building
Exmoor OS25K Nat. Parks - ExmoorSS9943 : Dunster Visitor Centre and Exmoor National Park Centre by JaggeryMap link


London River Services OS25K Local - London boat pierTQ4379 : Thames Clippers pier at Woolwich by Stephen CravenMap link The symbol is at piers.
London Underground station OS25K Local - London tube stationTQ1683 : Perivale Underground Station, Central Line by David HawgoodMap link


Glasgow Underground Station OS25K Local - Glasgow Subway StationNS5664 : Kinning Park subway station by Thomas NugentMap link The symbol is just north of the motorway.

Norfolk Broads

On paper map Explorer OL 40, and online
Windmill (open to the public) OS25K Norfolk Broads windmill openTG4522 : Horsey Mill by Evelyn SimakMap link
Moorings (free) OS25K Norfolk Broads free mooringTG4522 : Staithe at Horsey Windpump by Paul BuckinghamMap link
Electric boat charging point OS25K Norfolk Broads electric boat chargingTG4101 : Quay Rangers Information Hut by Roger JonesMap link Broads authority list of charging points and payment pointsExternal link

Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

On paper map Explorer 101, and online.
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  OS25K Scillies Wildlife Trust Visitor CentreSV9010 : The new Information Centre, Porthcressa Beach by John RostronThe photo shows the Isles of Scilly Tourist Information Centre which has an "i" for information on the map, but we cannot find the special symbol for a wildlife trust visitor centre on the map.
Wildlife area always closed OS25K Scillies wildlife area always closedSV9514 : Great Ganilly and Great Innisvouls by Andrew AbbottMap link
Wildlife area always open OS25K Scillies wildlife area always openSV9413 : Seal watchers at the Eastern Isles, Scilly by John RostronMap link
Wildlife area - limited opening OS25K Scillies wildlife area limited openingSV9414 : Southern hill of Great Ganilly, Eastern Isles, Scilly by John RostronMap 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 OS25K Access land boundarySV9110 : Lower Moors pool, St Mary's Scilly by John RostronMap 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 with a blue line at a boundary of Wildlife Trust land on an island.
Boundary between Wildlife Trust areasBlue line not on keySV9414 : View East from Great Gannilly by Steve EggintonMap link A blue line as shown in this map link is used 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 SY8679 .
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 OS25K Access entry pointSY8279 : An entrance to Lulworth range by Julian DowseMap link
Range walk OS25K Dorset range walkSY8380 : Range Path, Bindon Hill by Pierre TerreMap link
Roads open when range walks open OS25K Dorset road open when walks openSY8980 : Lulworth Ranges by Robin DraytonMap link
MOD access web address OS25K MoD former access web address The address in the symbol appears in the extra symbols keyExternal link but that web page no longer exists. We haven't seen it on the Dorset area map, but it is on the Okehampton Ranges 25K map . For guidance see Public access to military areasExternal link .

Eastbourne and Beachy Head

On paper map Explorer 123, and on map
Point of access to the foreshore OS25K Access entry pointTV5995 : Steps at Cow Gap by Simon CareyMap link

Map symbol images are Crown Copyright.

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