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2018

January  
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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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


• 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 ...


• Keeping Safe on the Fells

A report of an accident on Cam Crag Ridge reminded Paul of ways to stay safe on the fells

Over on the UK Hill Walking web site you can read a very recent post My Scrambling Fall by Lyndon Marquis. Lyndon was scrambling on Cam Crag Ridge in Langstrath and unfortunately he had a fall of 30-40m down a rock studded slope.  read more ...


• 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 with the fellwalking season now going into overdrive with a lot of new walkers out and about it seemed like a good time to mention it again.  read more ...


• AKU Women's Rock Lite shoes review

Beth has a look at her first pair of approach shoes and finds them really good.

This summer has seen a monumental shift in my walking footwear. I have recently discovered the joys of approach shoes.  read more ...


• New Videos from Ordnance Survey

The videos, presented by Steve Backshall, take you through the basics of how to read an OS map and use a compass. Useful stuff.

The Ordnance Survey have put online eight excellent videos on YouTube presented by TV presenter, adventurer and OS champion Steve Backshall which take you through the basics of how to read an OS map and how to use a compass. Here they are.  read more ...


• Breathable, Waterproof Hard Shells

Beth looks at the basic technology in modern waterproof clothing.

Everybody remembers their first waterproof jacket don't they? Especially if you were growing up in the 1970s, it was likely to have been a cagoule - a smock like thing, or if you were posh a jacket with a full length zip and a flap across the back to let some of the sweat out. What we remember was how we sweated at the slightest exertion. A few decades on, we now have jackets made with magical fabrics that let sweat through one way, but not rain the other. Back in the '70s there were waterproof and breathable fabrics but they were rare and hugely expensive. Ventile was such a thing, a war-time invention of a tight weave of very fine cotton whose fibres expanded when damp to effectively seal out water. It was made into aircrew immersion suits, or taken on Arctic expeditions. It's a lovely fabric but heavy.  read more ...



WalkLakes recognises that hill walking, or walking in the mountains, is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.