What are the map options available for a Garmin GPS?
Mon 18th January 2016
What map options are there on a Garmin GPS?
With a Garmin GPS there are now a number of map options available when you buy a GPS unit.
The eTrex and etrex Touch range now come with the TopoActive mapping – This is mapping based on open source maps and therefore it has some map data in there so it gives you turn by turn data (like a car satnav).
Also from GPS Training you also get a Birdseye voucher which enables you to download 3,000 sq km of Ordnance Survey mapping.
Then you will have the whole country covered with the Garmin TopoActive mapping and you have the Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25k for the areas you walk in the most.
The Oregon, GPSMAP64s and Montana GPS units come bundled with 1:50k Ordnance Survey Maps – This is the most popular as it is a micro SD card that sits in the back of the unit.
As you are going to navigate in a slightly different way with your Garmin GPS the 1:50k maps does the job.
The extra info you get with the 1:25k maps (field boundaries and open access areas) are not really needed. As the GPS will show you exactly where you are on the path you will either be on it or off it, so you donít need the extra detail you find on the 1:25k maps.
1:25k Ordnance Survey maps
What is the best way to get 1:25k mapping?
• Purchase a Birdeye voucher - more here
• Purchase a national park region mapping card from GPS Training
• Purchase a full UK 1:25, 1:50k and 1:250k mapping card, but wait until you get your new unit from GPS Training as it will have a £50.00 off voucher for this card.
Please do watch the short YouTube film as we review the current map options available on a Garmin GPS.