We are the Brighton and Hove group of the national Ramblers. Walking and socialising in and around the South East of England.


does anyone know a free website to convert the grid references to post code or just to be able to view where the grid references are on a map as I have no clue how to find the start of the walks.



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Comment by Ken Young on November 17, 2011 at 19:04

Hi Clive,

You are 100% right !  It performs exactly as you say it does and it and it provides the co-ordinates just as I was hoping to find. This is useful ! Many thanks,


Comment by Clive Holt on November 15, 2011 at 16:54

Hi Ken

If you zoom out on the displayed map shown by streetmap/newdefaulte2 , it will give you the OS Explorer 1:25000 scale, otherwise you will only see an A-Z style streetmap.

Hope this helps.


Comment by Ken Young on November 15, 2011 at 16:23

I have a related question.  I would like to place the cursor on a map and for it to tell me the OS Grid reference at that point. This would be useful for walk leaders, for example.

I have tried Clive's suggestion of streetmap/newdefaulte2 but this does not show a map. I do use the OS overlay for Google Earth, which gives almost what I would like but it does not show the next level down, which is needed for map references.

Does anyone know of software that shows the 100 metre square OS reference by moving over a map ?


Thanks for any information.



Comment by Clive Holt on October 25, 2011 at 8:58


This is the site I use for converting a grid reference into a post code or

vice versa :-



And you can find where a grif ref is on the map using the old Streetmap site below



(Zoom out to get OS Explorer 1:25000 scale)


Great for walks programme co-ordinators & walk leaders as well ! :-)


Cheers Clive

Comment by Chris Goodyear on October 24, 2011 at 16:41


You could also try converting grid references via the website at the following address:- http://www.nearby.org.uk/coord.cgi?f=conv

The conversion then contains a link to look-up the nearest equivalent postcode. I find it useful for my sat-nav. Hope this helps.




Comment by Nick Malyon on October 23, 2011 at 9:12
hi. The web site does this for you automatically... If you go to the walks programme and click on the second column (brief description) it opens another page with a map, weather forecast etc....

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