I have sent the following letter to Ordnance Survey hoping they can clarify my legal position:
I have recently completed a 1,687 miles walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, from March to June of this year.
I did the walk in aid of Sue Ryder Care and have so far raised £6,300.00 for this worth-while cause. In order to raise the profile of the walk and help with my fund-raising, I started a blog in October 2006 and wrote about my preparations. I continued the blog whilst on the walk itself using a very small handheld computer and my mobile phone.
I managed to increase awareness and readability by posting photographs to the blog, in order to sustain interest.
I made my way through Britain by using my Anquet maps, 1:50,000 scale, purchased especially for the walk, printed out onto A4 pieces of paper.
Well, I am now back at home and I wish to transform my blog to a more permanent website, so that Sue Ryder Care can continue to have a high profile amongst the outdoor community and also for the website to promote others to do as I have done and get out there and do a Big Walk for Charity.
One of the key things I want my website to show is the route I took on my Big Walk.
I would like to show each daily walk at 1:50,000 for the entire length of my trip; that is 103 days of walking (I took 16 rest days on the walk).
I am somewhat confused as to whether or not I need a license to display this mapping on my intended website.
I did not purchase the maps from Ordnance Survey – I bought them from an Anquet Maps re-seller.
This intended website will carry no advertising.
The intended website will not make any money for me or others.
I am a private individual, not a business.
I have been in touch by telephone with the OPSI in Norwich and they advised me to get advice from you.
The ePSIplus Thematic Network have been monitoring my dilemma (as discussed on my blog) and are very interested in your response.
Please could you advise me as to whether or not I need a license?