New partnership with Ordnance Survey puts routes for people with complex disabilities on the map  

Sense Active have partnered with Great Britain's national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, to ensure Sensory Walks are easily discoverable via their OS Maps App, as part of our Sport England funded project ‘Sense, Active Together 

Sensory Walks enable people with complex disabilities explore the outdoors and engage more meaningfully with nature. Each of the OS Maps app routes come with accessibility information including key milestones, and sensory highlights that are suitable for people with sensory impairments and complex disabilities.  

The maps are available via the free OS Maps App using either your web browser or can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

Alissa Ayling, Head of Sport & Physical Activity at Sense, said:  

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ordnance Survey in order to ensure the benefits of being outdoors can be enjoyed by everyone. We know that there are so many sensory experiences to be discovered when out on a walk, and by partnering with Ordnance Survey we can embed these elements into maps across the country. For people with complex disabilities, sensory walks provide an opportunity to engage with the outdoors in ways that are innovative and meaningful, at the same time as supporting people to be active.” 

Laura Bailey, Partnerships Manager at Ordnance Survey Consumersaid:  

Ordnance Survey are very excited to be working with Sense on their Sensory Walks. Our vision is to help more people get outside more often and we remain committed to opening up the wonders of the outdoors to more people.  

Working with Sense we will be able to provide more accessible opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors bringing in Sensory Walk routes to the OS Maps app.” 

Find and enjoy a Sensory Walk near you 

As of the 21st April 2021, you can discover Sensory Walks routes local to you. To find a walk or to download the OS Maps App, please visit.

For more information, please contact Sense Sport & Physical Activity Development Manager, Louis Wickett-Padgham by email or call 07970 668825.  

About Sense 

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people living with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind, to communicate and experience the world. Sense supports children, young people and adults in their home and in the community, in their education and transition to adulthood and through its holidays, arts, sports and wellbeing programmes. In addition to practical support to families, Sense also offers information advice, short breaks and family events, and campaigns for the rights of people with complex disabilities to take part in life. For more information please visit Sense 

Call to action - We currently looking for volunteers from around the county to get involved in developing new routes around the county, if you would like to develop a sensory walk in your local area please contact Chloe Brown