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2012 Olympic Torch route GIS activities

The Olympic Torch relay toured the UK for 70 days before the London 2012 Olympic Games. The route took the flame within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and travelled through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK.

  • Was anyone in your school a torch bearer?
  • Which places did the flame pass first?
  • Where did the route go?
  • When did it pass near your school?

We've compiled some guidance and activity ideas to help you investigate the route using ArcGIS Online. The map was created by Esri UK and the map base uses Ordnance Survey OpenData. Open the map >>>

Olympic Torch route - GIS guidance and activities (1.4M)

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ESRI Story Map

8000 torch-bearers carried the Olympic flame through 1000 cities and villages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This Story Map by ESRI lets you explore photographs from each day of the relay.

Follow Fred Martin's comments below to explore the map in more detail.

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Robert Lang

Robert Lang

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20:32 - 18/05/12

If you can access a population layer at a reasonable layer such as from census data and then do a buffer search of 10 miles to see if the promise of 95% of population live within 10miles of the route. An interesting inquiry, if it doesn't how would you change the route to make it meet it?


peter walton


16:15 - 25/05/12

At last I have found a sensible map for the torch route.Thank you so much.

Fred Martin

Fred Martin

GA Member

05:56 - 30/05/12

This site might also be helpful.
It shows the route with photos of the runners and scenery along the way.

If you want to show areas within 10 miles of a town or city in any area, try the following.
Click on the ruler icon - measure a 10 mile distance from any town.
Click on Done.

Click on the Add Features icon.
Click on Create new Layer.
Click on Map Notes - click Create Layer.
Choose to draw a circle.
Centre the circle on the town and draw it to have a 10 mile radius.
Click on the circle you have drawn - a popup box appears.
Click on Edit - click on Change symbol.
Change the colour etc. to suit.
Click on Create Feature Template - the circle with 10 mile radius.
Give it a Name - click the drop down box to Circle - click OK..
The circle with 10 mile radius now appears in the Features options.
You can now use this template circle to draw circles around all the towns and cities in the area you want to study. That will let you see which areas are outside a 10 mile radius. Unfortunately, the program does not have a separate buffer tool, but this method will give a similar result.

It sounds complicated, but follow the steps and it works.

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