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2017

December  
emergencySMS  
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November  
The Thirlmere Zip Wires  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
Winter - Time to check your gear  
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October  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
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September  
New Gazetteer  
New Path, New Crossing  
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August  
Moving Time and Speed  
Keeping Safe on the Fells  
New Release of our Maps  
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July  
Picnic in the Park  
Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site  
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June  
John Muir Trust to take care of Helvellyn  
Improved Met Office Mountain Forecast  
More Improvements to our Mapping App  
Life of a Mountain: Blencathra  
Keswick Railway Path Starts to Re-Open  
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May  
Classifying Hills  
Scattering Ashes  
Look out for Ticks  
Phones and Tablets  
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April  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
No Road Access to Tarn Hows Today  
Hills Database Updated  
We've Improved Our Walk Maps  
Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells  
Displaying Your Walks in 3D  
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March  
We've Improved Our Walk Profiles  
Merrell All Out Blaze Vent Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes review  
Numbering the Grid  
Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells  
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February  
On Tracks and Routes  

2016

December  
We've Upgraded Our Maps  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
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• emergencySMS

If you get into trouble in the hills with only a poor phone signal emergencySMS might be a life saver.

I've mentioned this here before but it never does any harm to mention it again.

Someone sending an SMS If you get into trouble in the hills and need to contact the emergency services for help then sometimes you can find yourself in the situation where you can just about get a signal but it's not enough to make a call. That's where emergencySMS comes in.  read more ...


• The Thirlmere Zip Wires

A planning application has been submitted this week to string eight zip wires over Thirlmere which we think is going to prove controversial

A planning application has been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority this week to string eight zip wires over Thirlmere which we think is going to prove controversial. You can read a summary of the proposal here in the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald.  read more ...


• More Improvements to our Mapping

We've just put online a new release of our map tiles with the usual update plus NCNs for the first time

We've just put online a new release of our map tiles. We do new releases regularly, not least to pick up any changes in the data coming from OpenStreetMap and also, in this release, the latest updates from Ordnance Survey's OS VectorMap District.  read more ...


• Winter - Time to check your gear

Time to wash, proof and otherwise prepare your existing winter gear; and new gear you might want to buy

With autumn upon us, the fells are going brown as flora and fauna prepare to sleep through the harshness of winter. This is a great time to be out on the fells, there's a quiet solitude awaiting those who do. Especially away from the popular areas you may go all day without seeing anyone else.  read more ...


• More Improvements to our Mapping

We've just put online a new release of our map tiles with a host of significant improvements

We've just put online probably our most significant new release of our map tiles. There are many changes, including:  read more ...


• New Gazetteer

We've been working to improve the search facility in our GPS mapping application

In our GPS mapping application we've just switched over to a new gazetteer, the directory on places which is used when you use the search box to go to a location by name. Previously we were using the Ordnance Survey's OpenData gazetteer but of course that was restricted to places in Great Britain so you couldn't search for places in Ireland such as Dublin or Belfast.  read more ...



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Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.