As my wife does a lot of walking/rambling she wants to get some ordanance survey maps but as she needs quite a few and they are not cheap we wondered if there was anywhere where we could download them from.
An alternative that enables one to view and use just a section of a map (which may well be suitable for footpaths etc. for walking) is to use StreetMap
Once on the site, find the location you want, select the map size (large or small) and the zoom level (the detail varies enormously with the zoom level). At the higher zoom levels you can see footpaths, bridleways, tracks, triangulation points, field boundaries etc.
If you do take to digital mapping, always carry a power bank with you. Running the phone with the GPS and the compass active and turning the screen on for several minutes to check where you are will run a normal daily charge down in only a few hours!
Lotvic – (apart from CSV for spreadsheets) I don’t recognise the file formats OS are supplying on your link. I wondered what use these would be for the average Joe wanting to download OS Maps . . . ?
I have bought two proper (hard copy) Ordnance Survey maps recently and the OS tout their own App which allows you to use the map you just bought via an app on your phone (or tablet).
It was either last summer (2015) or 18 months ago I tried it and I must say I was LESS THAN IMPRESSED.
To get the map on screen required an internet connection.
To fire up the app required an internet connection.
The navigational recording system and route mapping they used was in my opinion totally unintuitive. I gave up and uninstalled.
I considered writing to them to complain, but removed the App and forgot. Not tried it since, perhaps it has improved . . . ? Gone back to Google Maps and Strava.
GoogleMaps allows one to download an area. OK, perhaps it’s not OS standard but with the physical map in hand it’s good enough in an emergency.
Strava records your route using GPS and doesn’t require an internet connection to work although it does require one to show you where you have been (mid walk) and also to save your route.
Strava can be (almost) totally closed down whilst recording (Android swipe to the left) but resumes when fired back up and uses minimal power in use.
Other apps eg Map My Walk are available but I haven’t tried them