Putting more Scottish paths on the map


  Putting Scottish paths on the map

Since Scottish access rights were founded in 2003, local authorities have developed a huge network of their most important routes - known as core paths.

But as of yet, there's no requirement for these paths - which measure about 20,000km in total - to be shown on Ordnance Survey maps. Some aren't included at all - making it harder for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and others to plan their days out.

Show your support for attributing all of Scotland’s core
paths on Ordnance Survey maps for the first time

Alongside Scottish Natural Heritage and others in the National Access Forum, Ramblers Scotland has had positive discussions with Ordnance Survey and – with your help – we are hopeful that 2017 will be the year when every core path is put on the map.

We believe that marking all core paths on maps would have many benefits - including helping communities promote their local walks, reassuring less confident walkers, and making it easier for tourists to access the outdoors when visiting Scotland.

To help us make this case to the Ordnance Survey, please let us know if you would like core paths marked on Scottish 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 OS maps, and why, by showing your support.

**Following excellent discussions with Scottish Natural Heritage, in spring 2018 they launched an online map showing the entire 20,000km network of core paths on a single map for the first time. The map uses ‘open source’ data, so the level of detail is limited and it’s only an interim measure, but it has made us even more determined that all core paths should be attributed on printed and digital OS maps.**

Want to learn more? Read our core path FAQs.