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Adventures Ahoy!

In summer 2021 The Ordnance Survey Kids’ Adventure Book will be released, and we can’t wait for young solvers to get their hands on this unique explorer’s handbook. Adult fans of The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book and The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Tour of Britain will recognize some of the book’s features, but this latest collaboration with the Ordnance Survey team includes new challenges and information to create a truly exceptional young wayfarer’s guide.

In the first half of the handbook explorers find out how to plan their own adventures, down to the fine detail. The opening chapters cover not only map-reading skills, but also how to use a compass, what to pack for a day hike and when to ask for help if necessary. Adventurous adults too will find this first section informative – it’s packed full of facts about National Parks, local landmarks and even British history.

The main event – of course – is the maps, and the book has fifteen OS maps for junior explorers to find their way around. The puzzle pages begin with zoomed-in city views that are filled with museums, tourist sites and ancient road names. As the book progresses, the maps become larger in scale so that more and more of the UK is uncovered, each image giving a new view on our amazing world from above.

Solvers can explore coastal features around the far-flung islands of the Outer Hebrides, plan a walk along the National Trail first created by an Anglo-Saxon king, and even work out which bridges swing to let boats pass on the River Tyne. Serious adventurers can try their hand at the brand-new ‘Challenge’ questions, which will have them following a trickier route around each map, and answering questions on what you can see along the way – in one case, from a virtual hot-air balloon ride!

So what are you waiting for? Lace up your hiking books and pre-order yourself a copy of The Ordnance Survey Kids’ Adventure Book. We’ll see you on the trail!

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