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Lake District For Sale, Again  
Become a Fell Top Assessor  
Change to the Cumbria Way  
Great Landscapes Week 2019  
Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar  
Lake District volunteers lead the way  
Expanding our National Park  
Your Dog and Other Animals  
Stepping up to the Bowder Stone  
Yet Another Release of Mapping  
New Release of our Map Tiles  
Welcome to our new Web Site  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Returns  
Dogs and the Lambing Season  
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  

• 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 ...

• AKU Superalp GTX Ladies Boots

Beth's had her pair a few months now - here's what she thinks of them.

I've had these a few months now, bought from The Keswick Boot Company. Long enough now for a review. It's quite tricky to review footwear as the fit is absolutely paramount to the perception of how well a boot performs, and we all have subtly different shaped feet. What works for one person may not work for another. So there is bound to be quite substantial difference of opinions. Suffice to say, when buying any walking boots or shoes go to a good, preferably independent, retailer like the aforementioned Alex at Keswick Boot.  read more ...

• Páramo Ladies' Velez Adventure Smock

Beth reviews her latest purchase.

I have two Velez smocks, one from 2008 - a men's medium. And one I bought a few days ago - a lady's size S. The reason being, simply, 7 years ago the colours of the women's Páramo was so dire I opted for the men's black!  read more ...

• Review: Craghoppers Kiwi Winter Lined Trousers

How Paul keeps his legs warm while walking the dog.

I should start with a warning: these are not fell walking trousers. For two reasons, firstly when you start doing any work you'll find them too warm and second they're not waterproof, just "shower resistant" and they're poly-cotton so, if they do get wet, they're going to take a while to dry out.  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.