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2018

April  
Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path  
Walking the High Fells  
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March  
Retrospective Geotagging  
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February  
New Tiles on our GPS Mapping Application  
Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  
Wild Camping in the Lake District  
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January  
Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100  
More on the Thirlmere Zip Wires  
Hills Database Updated  
Winter Walking in the Fells  
Getting in Trouble on the Fells  

2017

December  
Our Walks in 3-D  
A Christmas Present  
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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• Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path

The path from Keswick to Threlkeld along the old railway line was badly damaged by Storm Desmond. You can help restore it.

The Keswick to Threlkeld path along the old railway line was badly damaged in 2015 by Storm Desmond with two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta being washed away, another bridge left at risk of collapse, and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.  read more ...


• Walking the High Fells

There is still snow on the high fells like Helvellyn and Scafell Pike with more forecast. These are not conditions for inexperienced walkers.

With April upon us and the Easter weekend coming to a close you might think that by now the high fells like Helvellyn and Scafell Pike were good places to walk up for a strenuous outing. This year however things are a bit different as we still have snow on the tops with more heavy snow forecast to fall today.  read more ...


• Retrospective Geotagging

If your camera doesn't have a built in GPS you can geotag your photos afterwards if you've got a GPS track handy.

Some modern cameras, and a lot of mobile phones, geotag photos which is to say that they add the location where the photo was taken to the EXIF data recorded with the photo. Of course doing that requires that the camera has a GPS built in. Phones pretty much always do, cameras not so much.  read more ...


• New Tiles on our GPS Mapping Application

We've added a new source of aerial photography tiles to our GPX mapping application.

If you use our GPS mapping application and you have logged in then you used to be able to use aerial photography for Bing. These tiles are often very good, for example they are in the Lake District, but elsewhere in the UK there are gaps with no tiles present at some zoom levels and/or the best tiles being satellite rather than aerial photography.  read more ...


• Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn

The proposal to string eight zip wires over Thirlmere has been withdrawn!

As we reported back in November a planning application had been submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority to string eight zip wires over Thirlmere and it was, as we predicted, controversial.  read more ...


• Wild Camping in the Lake District

We had an email today from someone asking us about wild camping in the Lake District and whether it was legal. It's an interesting question.

We had an email today from someone asking us about wild camping in the Lake District and whether it was legal. It's an interesting question.  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.