Ordnance Survey Explorer Active 1:25000 scale map. Covering The Yorkshire Dales (North & Central)These maps are often known as ?encapsulated? or weatherproof maps. They contain the same information as the standard OS Explorer series but are covered in a lightweight protective plastic coating.As well as handling wet weather conditions, the OS Explorer Map - Active series can easily be written on with washable ink ? making it simple to highlight your favourite routes and then wipe them off when you return home.