I'm looking for digital elevation data for UK. Does anybody know if there is a good service providing data for free that are of better accuracy than ASTER-DEM that is around 30m and if not what is the best service for payed data with accuracy around 10m. thanks
The Ordnance Survey have Landform Profile and Landform Panorama that were based on their contour data, but it is not fantastic quality, and it is based on very old data. But it is now free to download, so if you just need a dataset to play with, it's a good choice.
I've used GetMapping's NEXTMap Britain 2 lidar data, and it is of generally very good quality, providing both a "treetops" dataset, and a "bare earth" dataset. But the tiles are very expensive once you start getting reasonably-sized areas. It has a horizontal resolution of 5m (I think there is a cheaper 10m resolution dataset), and a good vertical resolution (about 20cm IIRC).