How to use our maps
Our new interactive maps have been specially
designed to help you navigate easily through the many interesting
sites and features in Wales - whether it be open access land or a
special protected area - it's on the map. All of our maps have key
signs and symbols to help you identify these features, some even
have easy-to-follow online tutorials...
Outdoor Wales onLine map
The Outdoor Wales onLine map details different types of land
which people can visit from open access land and National Nature
Reserves to local routes and National Trails. It also has
information on activities such as climbing, mountain biking and
water based activities and parking and public toilets near the
place you are visiting. Get to know the key signs and symbols
first, and then follow our online tutorial. You'll soon be planning
your countryside adventure.
Key Signs and Symbols - Get to know the key
signs and symbols first, and then follow our online tutorial.
You'll soon be planning your countryside adventure. Details of the
key and legend of the Outdoor Wales onLine map
Protected areas map
The protected areas map records the true beauty of Wales,
highlighting our National Parks (NPs), National Nature Reserves
(NNRs) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The key signs are symbols you'll need to unlock the countries
land treasures are available. The online tutorial should be ready
in the next few weeks.
GIS boundary downloads
The GIS downloads are designed to allow registered mapping
professionals to download the digital boundary of our
Protected Sites for use in a Geographical Information System
Once registered, specialists may use the GIS data available
from this website, subject to the terms and conditions, which you
We've made some improvements to our boundaries catalogue,
to allow you to access and download specific GIS information with a
minimum of fuss.
Our final two maps, LANDMAP and our new regional maps, have not
yet finished their redevelopment - do look out for them later in
the year though.
Wales has, through the National Assembly, a responsibility to
manage its land in a sustainable way. LANDMAP is the
national information system, devised by the Countryside Council for
Wales, for doing just that and taking landscape into account in
LANDMAP is a unique system, allowing information about
landscape to be gathered, organised and evaluated efficiently.
It covers both relatively objective information – such as
rock type and historical information – to more subjective areas,
such as cultural interpretation of the landscape.
Although the current LANDMAP has not yet been extensively
redesigned, we will be redeveloping the map later on in the