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National Grid (Britain)

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National Grid (Britain)

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Any visitor intent on exploring England, Wales or Scotland will soon run up against the wide-spread use of national grid references to indicate location. These are often found in guide-books, walking guides and even promotional leaflets, and usually look something like this:


Most basic mapping in England, Wales and Scotland is undertaken by the Ordnance Survey. Maps published by the Ordnance Survey will certainly show national grid lines; most other maps are derived from Ordnance Survey mapping and will also probably show grid lines. This article is intended to explain how to locate a grid reference on a map using these grid lines.

First Select Your Map

Hopefully the information source that has given you the grid reference will also have suggested an appropriate map. If not, then try visiting the