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2021

October  
National Trust, Fords, Paths, and Toilets  
Busy and Tragic October Start for the Team  
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July  
Buttermere shuttle bus from Cockermouth  
Labels and Footbridges  
Lake District Trig Points  
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June  
The Missing Toposcope  
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May  
Camping in the Lake District  
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February  
Chris Lewis Support Fund  
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January  
An Appeal from Cumbria's Mountain Rescue teams  
Lake District to feature on New Stamp  
2020: a Mixed Year for Mountain Rescue  

2020

December  
New Visitors to Cumbria remain a Problem  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
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October  
Walking Near Cattle  
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July  
Camping in the Lake District  
Coronavirus News  
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June  
The Keswick to Threlkeld Path Tunnel  
Rydal Cave  
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May  
A Plea from Patterdale MRT  
Pooley Bridge Replacement  
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March  
Meet Skye  
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• Got an old GPS? It might stop working on 6th April

Older satnavs and such devices won't be able to use America's Global Positioning System properly after 6th April unless they've been suitably updated or designed to handle a looming epoch rollover.

We discovered this week via a posting on The Register that older GPSs, satnavs, and other such devices won't be able to use America's Global Positioning System properly after 6th April unless they've been suitably updated or designed to handle a rollover similar to the Y2K problem.  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 ...


• Death by GPS

Two articles on the Web this week highlighted, in different ways, the issue of over-reliance on GPS.

I've been meaning to blog about this for a while but two articles on the Web this week highlighted, in different ways, the issue of over-reliance on GPS.

The first was an excellent news post by the The Mountaineering Council of Scotland. The post titled Death by GPS – how to get lost with pinpoint accuracy talks at some length about the dangers of over-reliance on GPS for navigation. It's a good article and I recommend reading it in full if you're got the time but here's the TL;DR bullet points:  read more ...


• GPS and Elevation

... or "How high are we really?"

If you have a GPS you'll know that essentially it tells you three things: your longitude, your latitude and your elevation. This all sounds straightforward enough, if very clever, but in fact it's only half the story as things are nowhere near that simple.  read more ...


• What is a GPX file?

Paul looks into the mysteries of the GPX file.

If you use a GPS and want to exchange data with a computer then you will have had to grapple with GPX files. So what are they all about?  read more ...


• The Return of Ordnance Survey 1:50K

Before Christmas we had to drop OS 1:50K map tiles from our mapping application, now they're back.

Those of you who use our GPS mapping application will have been disappointed before Christmas when we had to drop OS 1:50K map tiles from our mapping application and impose strict quotas on the use of OS 1:25K map tiles and aerial photography.  read more ...



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