Click the Find/Waypoint button to reveal the Search and Locate prompt:
General search rules
Case sensitivity. All searches are NOT case sensitive. Example: London and london will return the same results.
Wildcards. The % character is a variable length wildcard (and can only be used at the end of the search text) and _ is a single character wildcard. It can be used anywhere except at the start of the search text. Illegal search strings will be made valid. Example: b_an% would match Brandy Hill and Beanwood Fm, but not Bylane End. You should use wildcards sparingly, though a % at the end is fine (and can be very useful).
Search mode. A pin is shown for each matching location and the map is zoomed to fit all pins on the screen as they best fit. Clicking on the pin exits search mode and zooms to the pin location. Alternatively pressing Escape (or clicking the Find/Waypoint button) exits search mode returning to your previous view.
Submitting the search. You can either press the corresponding button or just press the Enter key.
Find place can perform four types of detailed search within the UK. To indicate the type you can prefix the search with a single letter and then colon (:).
OS Gazetteer (main search) - Prefix G: (this is the default search, so it does not require a prefix) - This finds any object which is named on the 1:50k OS map. This not only includes cities, towns and villages, but also objects such as hills, farms, river, streams, named stones, castles etc. In the image below it would find any name, but not generic objects such as fort or rapids.
The pin marks the grid square where the object lies, not the actual location. Note that the object is sometimes in an adjacent grid square. This is due to Ordnance Survey data and not mapRoute. Hovering the mouse over the pin shows more information in the infobox.
Below is an example where I have searched for King Arthur's Cave. For those that are not familiar with OS maps, the 1:50k zoom level can easily be identified as it shows paths as red dotted lines, not green. You can only search for names from 1:50k maps. See below for tips.
Postcode - Prefix P: - Spaces are ignored. A maximum of 500 locations are returned. The location indicated the centre of the postcode region (this is not defined in any detail). Example: P:RG40 2BU or p:rG402bu
Street - Prefix S: - Find any street name. A maximum of 1000 locations are returned. The centre point on the street is indicated. This data is the main part of the OS Locator dataset. Example: S:Pall Mall or s:DEAN %
Road - Prefix R: - Any classified road name. This data is the remainder of the OS Locator dataset. It will tend to return several pins outlining the road's route. Wildcards are not allowed. Example R:A1(M) or r:B4455
None of the Geocache searches allow wildcards as the Geocaching Live API does not support them. The API also restricts search results to within a 50km radius of the map centre point. Your settings will dictate if found or owned caches are returned unless stated otherwise.
Geocache name (default search requires no prefix). Any matches have an arrow above them so they can be easily identified if other caches were previously loaded. Example Between a rock and a hard place
Geocache code No prefix required as Geocache codes always begin with GC. By definition you will never get more that one Geocache returned. If the cache exists it will be returned regardless of any conditions (distance/found/owned/archived). Example GC10FB or GC11DC0
Owner Display caches owned by a user within the 50km limit.
Find a trigpoint name as it exists in the T:UK database. Wildcards allowed. Wildcard automatically appended to the end. Example Snowdon finds Snowdon Summit
Very similar to Find Trigpoint but search a list of hills as publish on sites such as hill-bagging.co.uk Example: Pen y
This function is used to find locations by coordinates and optionally to save that location as a waypoint. It uses the coordinate system you are currently using. You can quickly change the coordinate system by clicking on the location on the status bar. You may find it useful to have the crosshair visible before you start the find. Press X to toggle the crosshair on/off. The location shown in the crosshair will be shown in the coordinate fields. Change these values to the location you wish to locate and click the button. The location will now appear in the crosshairs. You can cancel (leave search mode and revert to previous view), Focus (place a temporary pin at the location. The pin will disappear when you logout or refresh your browser) or Save (save the location as a waypoint).
Saving a Waypoint. If you chose to save the location as a waypoint you can chose a waypoint name (date and time will be used if you leave the name blank), optionally enter a description and optionally change the icon from the current default by clicking on the icon and selecting a new icon from the list that appears. This icon will become the new default icon.
Creating a waypoint from the map rather than from coordinates.
Ensure the crosshair is on. Place the location you want in the crosshairs. Press F (or W). Press the bottom right button (name will be Decimal Degrees, Degrees and Minutes or OS Grid Reference depending on your select Position Format, though it doesn't matter which you are using for this process) and then click Save after setting the name, description and icon as desired. These can all be edited in the Waypoint tab. Waypoint pins can be dragged to a new location if desired.
Although this search is supposed to indicate the grid square there the object/object text is located it often indicates an adjacent grid square. It's not a problem as the object is still very easily locatable.
Place names are often followed by additional information, so a % character at the end may help if you are having problems finding an object. This is particularly true of Welsh names. As an example Cardiff will return nothing, but Cardiff% will return Cardiff/Caerdydd as that is what appears on the OS Discoverer map.
Places preceded by The need care. Example The Argoed is listed in Gazetteer as Argoed, The. Again Argoed% would find the location as would Argoed, The.
The underscore (_) is useful if you're not sure of a spelling or if you don't know if a name is hyphenated or not. Example Ross_on_Wye or Pen_y_Fan (this returns Pen y Fan and Pen-y-Fan)
I have identified a number of OS mistakes while performing testing. The data is updated by the OS once a year, but if you report issues to me with sufficient detail I can patch the data in my database. Some example I have found and fixed (and reported to the OS) are : My local ... Lane appeared as ... Road. The Black Mountain appeared as The Black Mountains (anyone who knows these mountain ranges will know that this is a shocking mistake). Alisby's Castle appeared as Ashby's Castle. Take a look at it on the map and you can see how this happened!
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