OS 50K Symbols - Roads and paths

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, with map extracts showing the symbols. On the maps a blue circle is on or near the symbol. Use the mouse to move the pointer over the blue circle on a map to hide it.
Click on a thumbnail to see a page with a larger photo, other photo details, and a larger section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map.
The article Ordnance Survey Map SymbolsExternal link gives an introduction, and links to others in the set of articles.

Motorway


SP6702 : M40 motorway near Tetsworth
SP6702 : M40 motorway near Tetsworth by David Hawgood [smallmap SP 6765 0230]

Number
SU3714 : M271 Southbound, Southampton
SU3714 : M271 Southbound, Southampton by GaryReggae [smallmap SU 3730 1435]

Service area
Note that the name of the service area is in blue lettering.
SD5052 : Forton Services, M6 (Symbol on line of motorway)
SD5052 : Forton Services, M6 by michael ely [smallmap SD 5020 5210]

SK2401 : Tamworth Motorway Services (Symbol beside motorway; here service area is on access road from motorway junction)
SK2401 : Tamworth Motorway Services by Kevin Hale [smallmap SK 2445 0111]

Junction number
SU1980 : Westbound carriageway of M4 just east of J15
SU1980 : Westbound carriageway of M4 just east of J15 by Brian Robert Marshall [smallmap SU 1893 8115]

Elevated
SD9413 : M62 Viaduct
SD9413 : M62 Viaduct by Ian M [smallmap SD 946 138]

TQ1678 : Below the M4 (In this urban area, the symbol has been reduced to a V of lines on each side of the motorway where there is space on the map)
TQ1678 : Below the M4 by Peter Jordan [smallmap TQ 1695 7809]


Motorway Under Construction
TQ0476 : M25 T5 spur crossing the A3044
TQ0476 : M25 T5 spur crossing the A3044 by Andy Potter[smallmap TQ 0455 7605 revA] (This map extract is from 2006 as the motorway is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)



Primary Route (A road, green lines)


TQ7326 : A21 at Silver Hill
TQ7326 : A21 at Silver Hill by Jonathan Billinger [smallmap TQ 7375 2605]

Primary route number
SK8490 : A631 by Woodhouse Farm
SK8490 : A631 by Woodhouse Farm by Jonathan Billinger [smallmap SK 8485 9050]

Unfenced
NN1457 : Pass of Glen Coe, Scotland.
NN1457 : Pass of Glen Coe, Scotland. by Nevin Arrow [smallmap NN 1440 5700]

Footbridge over
SX3760 : Footbridge over A38, Landrake
SX3760 : Footbridge over A38, Landrake by Kevin Hale [smallmap SX 3741 6068]

Dual carriageway
TQ2589 : A406 - North Circular Road
TQ2589 : A406 - North Circular Road by Martin Addison [smallmap TQ 2535 8955]

Primary route under construction
SP8924 : Site of Linslade bypass, looking North
SP8924 : Site of Linslade bypass, looking North by Peter Roberts [smallmap SP 8955 2425 revA] (This map extract is from 2006 as the road is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)

Services (same symbol as on motorway)
TL3565 : Cambridge Extra services
TL3565 : Cambridge Extra  services by Steve  Fareham [smallmap TL 3585 6539]

Road bridge over river
NN0909 : Double-arch bridge and reflection, Inveraray
NN0909 : Double-arch bridge and reflection, Inveraray by David Hawgood [smallmap NN 0981 0908]

Main road (A road, red lines)


SP7804 : Longwick - residential and commercial buildings on A4129
SP7804 : Longwick - residential and commercial buildings on A4129 by David Hawgood [smallmap SP 7890 0490]

Main road number
TF1479 : Tennyson Villa Farm on the A157 approaching West Barkwith
TF1479 : Tennyson Villa Farm on the A157 approaching West Barkwith by Alan Murray-Rust [smallmap TF 1435 7915]

Unfenced
NR9946 : Boguille Hill on coast road, Arran (Dashed lines beside red line show it is unfenced, green dots show cycle route)
NR9946 : Boguille Hill on coast  road, Arran by paul birrell [smallmap NR 9950 4675]

Dual carriageway
TA0327 : Boothferry Road
TA0327 : Boothferry Road by Andy Beecroft [smallmap TA 0320 2728]

Main road under construction
ST1896 : South end of Blackwood by-pass
ST1896 : South end of Blackwood by-pass by Steve Morgan [smallmap ST 1820 9655 revA] (This map extract is from 2006 as the road is now built and shown on latest mapsExternal link)

Secondary road (B road)


SP7903 : Houses on B4444, Princes Risborough
SP7903 : Houses on B4444, Princes Risborough by David Hawgood [smallmap SP 7965 0355]

Secondary road number
TF0896 : Oakleigh Farm by the B1434
TF0896 : Oakleigh Farm by the B1434 by Jonathan Billinger [smallmap TF 0857 9615]

Unfenced
TF1080 : B1399 between Fulnetby and Holton (also shows road fenced one side only)
TF1080 : B1399 between Fulnetby and Holton by Alan Murray-Rust [smallmap TF 1045 8025]

Dual carriageway
TQ0771 : Convent Road, Ashford
TQ0771 : Convent Road, Ashford by David Squire [smallmap TQ 0755 7135]

Roads with passing places


Narrow A road with passing places
NC5956 : A836 and Ben Loyal (Symbol is dashed red line, long dashes and short gaps - the green dots show a cycle route along the road, this is also an unfenced road with dashed black lines each side)
NC5956 : A836 and Ben Loyal by Richard Webb [smallmap NC 5995 5605]

Narrow B road with passing places
NG5618 : Corner on Elgol Road (Symbol is dashed brown line, long dashes and short gaps).
NG5618 : Corner on Elgol Road by Donald Thomas [smallmap NG 5625 1843]

Road generally more than 4m wide


TR3246 : Crossroads to Waldershare Lane across Sutton Road Road over 4m wide (bottom left to top right of map below) crosses one under 4m wide
TR3246 : Crossroads to Waldershare Lane across Sutton Road by Nick Smith [smallmap TR 3215 4695]

Unfenced SU9386 : Road through Littleworth Common
SU9386 : Road through Littleworth Common by David Hawgood [smallmap SU 9345 8625]

Dual carriageway
TG2823 : Minor road dual carriageway, Scottow
TG2823 : Minor road dual carriageway, Scottow by Katy Walters [smallmap TG 2855 2315]

Other road, drive, or track


NO7598 : Track to Damhead
NO7598 : Track to Damhead by Nigel Corby [smallmap NO 7595 9815]

Road generally less than 4m wide


SD9774 : Park Rash (This example has gradient symbols as well)
SD9774 : Park Rash by John Illingworth [smallmap SD 9782 7412]

Unfenced
TF1281 : Between Holton and West Torrington
TF1281 : Between Holton and West Torrington by Alan Murray-Rust [smallmap TF 1215 8155]


Unfenced
TL2963 : Field track
TL2963 : Field track by Shaun Ferguson [smallmap TL 2985 6375]

Path


NG4919 : The 'Bad Step', Skye (Path is dashed black line, the continuous black line is the high water mark symbol)
NG4919 : The 'Bad Step', Skye by Bob Jones [smallmap NG 4952 1915]

Gradients

Note that arrows point downhill.

Gradient 20% (1 in 5) or steeper
NY2114 : Honister Pass, Cumbria
NY2114 : Honister Pass, Cumbria by Gordon McKinlay [smallmap NY 2197 1408]

Gradient 14% (1 in 7) to 20% (1 in 5)
SH8874 : B5383
SH8874 : B5383 by Dave Smethurst [smallmap SH 8860 7488]

Gate


SX4363 : The end of the road, Cargreen
SX4363 : The end of the road, Cargreen by Kevin Hale [smallmap SX 4311 6306]

ST2090 : Cattle grid on Mynydd Machen Common This symbol of a line across the road is sometimes used to denote a cattle grid, usually with the words "cattle grid" which in future may be abbreviated as "CG". But this example of a cattle grid has the line across but no words.
ST2090 : Cattle grid on Mynydd Machen Common by Graham Horn [smallmap ST 2027 9047]

Road tunnel


TL2532 : Weston Hills Tunnel
TL2532 : Weston Hills Tunnel by Brian Green [smallmap TL 2535 3265]

Ferries


Passenger ferry
NX7462 : Ferry to Threave Castle (dashed black line with words "Ferry P")
NX7462 : Ferry to Threave Castle by David Hawgood [smallmap NX 7405 6225]

Vehicle ferry
SX8752 : Dartmouth Higher Ferry and Torbay Railway train ((dashed black line with words "Ferry V")
SX8752 : Dartmouth Higher Ferry and Torbay Railway train by David Stowell [smallmap SX 8799 5209]

Ferry route
HY5140 : Ferry at Whale Geo pier, Westray
HY5140 : Ferry at Whale Geo pier, Westray by Rob Burke [smallmap HY 5125 4055]

Line of former road

Dashed line, usually with words like "Line of Roman Road". The OS key does not show this type of dashed line, which is also used for dismantled railways.
TL4901 : Mount End, Essex, on the Roman road
TL4901 : Mount End, Essex, on the Roman road by Mark Dunn [smallmap TL 4915 0125]
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