Does anyone know what black dots mean on an OS Explorer map?

There are a lot of them on the map of Kinder Scout in the Peak District (UK).

I know the black dashed line is a footpath, I am asking about the round black dots (there are a line of them going from Kinder Low to Madwoman Stones).

In the image below, they go from Kinder Low (633m) to the top right edge of the map:

OS Map


According to the Ordnance Survey legend, those are


Civil Parish (CP); England or Community (C); Wales

See page 6 of the legend under boundaries. There are no other small black dots on the legend.

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  • Thanks Charlie, I checked the Legend but obviously not the relevant section. – MJH Sep 28 '18 at 7:04
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    These drive me nuts. I mean, when was the last time you were on the side of a hill and you really needed to know which Civil Parish you were in? – aucuparia Oct 30 '19 at 11:18
  • @aucuparia Same here, they look so much like the dotted lines used for footpaths as well! – MJH Oct 30 '19 at 14:32

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