Orienteering Maps

Orienteering maps are drawn using magnetic north and are printed in up to five standard colours.

  • Black is used for most man-made wp62b03740_05_06features such as buildings and rock features such as cliffs, crags and boulders
  • Brown is used to show landform, including contour lines, gullies, pits and knolls.
  • Blue is used for water features such as lakes, ponds, marshes and streams
  • White and Green are used to depict the density of woodland and the extent to which it impedes progress.
  • Yellow is used for unwooded areas.

Combinations of yellow and green show other types of terrain which will be explained in the legend.