Posted by GMHeyes on 12 January 2015 in English (English)

I have tried quite a few of the various maps available for use on my Garmin device, as of yet I have been unable to find one that looks exactly the same as the basemap! is there one available for the uk?

Comment from Hjart on 12 January 2015 at 11:21

What basemap? Do you mean the Standard Layer as found on

Comment from GMHeyes on 12 January 2015 at 11:31

Yes sorry.

Comment from SomeoneElse on 12 January 2015 at 12:47

It's also worth mentioning which Garmin device - some can display images, some only vector maps (see for example and the links from it for info about non-vector data).

The help site has lots of Garmin questions - it's worth searching there with one of:

Comment from zarl on 12 January 2015 at 14:38

Garmin devices let you set the amount of details to be shown and also the size of street and place names etc.

Also a map displayed in a browser window can show a larger amount of details and POIs without confusing the user. A GPS receiver would likely slow down when rendering all of this information.

In contrast maps built for Garmin devices are usually specialised on a certain task, e.g. a bicycle map might have a layer for contour lines, official cycle routes and also shows repair stations and other relevant POIs.

So just look for a build that covers your needs or build a Garmin map yourself.

Comment from GMHeyes on 12 January 2015 at 22:28

Thank you for the replies, I will have a good read up on this tomorrow! Thanks again for your help.

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