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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


• Winter Walking in the Fells

At the risk of appearing to be harping on about winter conditions we've just read about another rescue which highlighted the value of the LDNP fell top report

At the risk of appearing to be harping on about winter conditions (see our last post) we've just read a report of another rescue from the high fells, this one on Helvellyn where Patterdale MRT were out until well into the night rescuing two walkers from Striding Edge.  read more ...


• Getting in Trouble on the Fells

Our post about a couple who got in trouble on Sharp Edge of New Year's Eve caused a lot of comment. We've got some thoughts on this too.

Over of our Facebook and Twitter accounts on New Year's Eve we posted a link to a report from Keswick MRT about a rescue they'd undertaken that day on Sharp Edge.  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 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 ...


• Improved Met Office Mountain Forecast

This week the Met Office has made major changes to its mountain weather forecasts

This week the Met Office has made major changes to its mountain weather forecasts, including its forecast for the Lake District, so that they now provide considerably more information.  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 ...



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.