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2018

June  
The Lake District: a victim of its own success?  
In Praise of Keswick  
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May  
Some Walks From Coniston  
Windermere Ferry Closed  
Look out for Ticks  
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April  
GDPR is Approaching Fast  
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Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  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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• In Praise of Keswick

We're both fond of Keswick. Here's some of the reasons why.

For various reasons we've both always been particularly fond of Keswick and not just for the walking opportunities it offers. It's the most northerly of the Lake District towns and from there the A591 runs south through the other communities that make up the spine of Lakeland: Grasmere, Ambleside, and Windermere. It has a vibrant and interesting town centre with a wide variety of good shops with friendly staff selling everything from outdoor equipment to local food and it also has an excellent market on both Thursday and Saturday.  read more ...


• 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 ...


• 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 ...


• Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100

Last night Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba presented a show "Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100" on ITV. Walks in the Lake District took five of the top ten slots including number 1.

Last night Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba presented a show Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 on ITV showcasing walks voted for by more than 8,000 walking enthusiasts.  read more ...


• 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 ...



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Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.