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Got an old GPS? It might stop working on 6th April  


Winter - Time to check your gear  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
Glover Landscape Review  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Appeal  
Can you remember the first shooting star you saw?  
Weather Watching  
Duddon Fell Care Day  
Thirlmere Fell Care Day  
Tour of Britain hits Cumbria  
Updating Heights  
The problem with The Priest's Hole  
Parking Problems at Seathwaite  
A New Mountain in the Lake District  
Hills Database Updated  
New Release of Map Tiles Now Live  
Beware Blue Green Algae  
Great Cumbrian Landscapes  
The Lake District: a victim of its own success?  
In Praise of Keswick  
Some Walks From Coniston  
Windermere Ferry Closed  
Look out for Ticks  
GDPR is Approaching Fast  
Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path  
Walking the High Fells  
Retrospective Geotagging  
New Tiles on our GPS Mapping Application  
Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  
Wild Camping in the Lake District  

• Tour of Britain hits Cumbria

The Tour of Britain cycle race will be in Cumbria this Thursday and Friday (6th-7th) September with road closures and, no doubt, congestion on open routes.

If you are visiting the Lakes in the next few days then be aware that the Tour of Britain cycle race will be in Cumbria this Thursday and Friday (6th-7th) September. A great spectacle to see if you're so inclined but there will of course be road closures and, no doubt, congestion on open routes.  read more ...

• The problem with The Priest's Hole

Last Sunday Langdale MRT and Patterdale MRT has to rescue four people trying to find The Priest's Hole. This is not the first such incident in recent times.

The Priest's Hole is a cave on the face of Dove Crag which has grown in popularity following the BBC's Secret Britain programme in 2016 and the programme has increased the number of people attempting to spend the night there.  read more ...

• Parking Problems at Seathwaite

Parking at Seathwaite is difficult all year around but now, in the height of the season, it's a real problem.

If you've ever visited Seathwaite to walk up Great Gable or Scafell Pike then you will already be aware that there are parking issues up there. Here's the view when the Google Streetview car visited in April 2010 and even on an overcast Spring day where it had clearly rained earlier almost all the available parking was in use.

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• A New Mountain in the Lake District

Miller Moss aka Little Lingy Hill has been resurveyed and found to be 610.1m rather than 609m. That means it's over 2000 feet high which makes it a mountain.

It was perhaps inevitable that as soon as the latest revision of the Database of British and Irish hills was released and we imported it into our hills database a significant change was discovered, and this time it was in the Lakes.  read more ...

• Beware Blue Green Algae

Blue Green Algae remains present in four Lake District locations.

So far this summer, the Environment Agency has confirmed that Blue Green Algae is present in four Cumbrian locations. Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston Water and Killington Reservoir have all tested positive for the Algae (cyanobacteria), posing a risk to the health of people and animals.  read more ...

• Great Cumbrian Landscapes

If you're here in the week beginning Saturday, 4th August then the Friends of the Lake District have some great free activities for you to try. But you need to book so do it now if you're interested.

Great landscapes offer endless opportunities for physical, spiritual and mental well-being. They have been the inspiration for artists, poets and adventurers down the centuries. They also offer up to us the fundamental stuff of life: water, oxygen, fuel, soil to grow food and a place to live for humans, wildlife and nature. But they are also under threat and, in our busy lives, we can take for granted the true beauty and importance of what is above, below and all around us.  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.