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WalkLakes Blog

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2017

March  
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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November  
Keswick After Storm Desmond  
£4,000,000 Flood Recovery Cash Boost  
Why Do Some Maps Appear Crooked?  
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October  
Winter - Time to check your gear  
National Map Reading Week  
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September  
Hills Database Updated  
Funding assured for MWIS  
Concern for the future of MWIS forecasts  
Do you need to worry about Magnetic Variation?  
Walk and Skinny Dip in the Lake District?  
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August  
Some Walks Out and Back Again  
Scout Scar  
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July  
Our National Park is getting bigger on Monday!  
To and Around Some Tarns  
Around Some Lakes  
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June  
Going Up ... and Down  
Rydal Cave  
Cathedral Cavern  
Death by GPS  
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April  
Eighty Years of the Trig Point  
emergencySMS  
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March  
Update from the LDNPA  
Pooley Bridge re-opens on Sunday  
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February  
Cumbrian Dialect  
We've Got The Latest Maps  
Gear Review: Kendal Mint Cake  
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• Merrell All Out Blaze Vent Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes review

Paul has joined the approach shoe movement with a pair of Merrells.

You may remember Beth's enthusiasm for her first pair of decent approach shoes in a review she posted here a while back and she's not the only hill walker I know who's moved from the stout boots that we were all brought up to wear for walking to the much lighter option of the approach shoe.  read more ...


• Numbering the Grid

We have improved the little maps we display for each walk step instruction.

When you are reading the instructions for one of our walks each walk step is accompanied by a little map showing you where you have to go. These maps are generated using our WayMaps map tiles, a "mash up" of GIS Open Data from a variety of sources.  read more ...


• Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells

Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams do a great job helping you if you get into trouble but we should all do our best to prevent them having to do so.

It's unusual for a Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) to speak out about the behaviour of the people they are called out to rescue but recent charity attempts on Scafell Pike seem to have been the last straw for Wasdale MRT.  read more ...


• On Tracks and Routes

People who buy the GPX routes of our walks are sometimes confused that the route appears to be shorter than the walk. Paul explains why.

People who buy the GPX routes of our walks are sometimes confused that the route appears to be shorter than the walk. To illustrate here's an example of an email we received today about our walk Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn. It said:  read more ...


• We've Upgraded Our Maps

We've just rolled out our new WayMaps mapping across our whole web site.

When you use our site you may have noticed that we use Ordnance Survey mapping for some of our maps (in the maps introducing each walk for example) but for licensing reasons we use an alternative set of tiles we were given, which we called OpenMaps, for most mapping e.g. the location of hills, the subjects of photos in our gallery, or the little maps shown for each step of our walks.  read more ...


• The Fell Top Assessors are Back

Decembers sees the start of the Lake District fell top assessors scheme.

As the Lake District National Park's fell top assessors return this week to make their daily trek up Helvellyn, this winter they will share even more top tips using #summitsafely to help walkers stay safe on the fells.  read more ...