OS Explorer maps are for many the gold standard for those walking in the country. They are clear, accurate and show all the features you need to navigate effectively, right down to fence and wall lines. However outside the countryside they are less useful – the mapping is still precise but the walker begins to hanker for street names and the identity of specific buildings.
By default the app provides OS Landranger and Explorer mapping for users with a Walkingworld subscription. Non-subscribers get a map which is more akin to a street map (actually better because it incorporates contours – a vital piece of information when walking in the countryside).
As it happens this style of mapping is particularly suited to walking in urban areas, in fact anywhere where the ability to see streets is important. To cater for this Walkingworld subscribers have the option to override the default mapping option and download what we call the ‘standard’ mapping instead.
The key benefit for subscribers is that they can view walks on this mapping at a higher zoom level, so that the individual streets and locations become clear. Turn on the GPS and you can navigate around town quite easily.
To turn on this override go to Settings in the app. In the ‘Zoom level’ drop down pick ‘Extra Zoom’. Under ‘Download standard maps’ pick ‘Yes’.
Don’t forget to change the settings back after downloading the walk and map so that it is ready for your next countryside stroll.