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2019

July  
Lake District volunteers lead the way  
Expanding our National Park  
Your Dog and Other Animals  
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June  
Stepping up to the Bowder Stone  
Yet Another Release of Mapping  
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May  
New Release of our Map Tiles  
Welcome to our new Web Site  
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April  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Returns  
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February  
Dogs and the Lambing Season  
Got an old GPS? It might stop working on 6th April  

2018

December  
Winter - Time to check your gear  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
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November  
Glover Landscape Review  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Appeal  
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October  
Can you remember the first shooting star you saw?  
Weather Watching  
Duddon Fell Care Day  
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September  
Thirlmere Fell Care Day  
Tour of Britain hits Cumbria  
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August  
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  
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July  
Beware Blue Green Algae  
Great Cumbrian Landscapes  
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June  
The Lake District: a victim of its own success?  
In Praise of Keswick  
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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 ...


• Displaying Your Walks in 3D

With some fanfare the Ordnance Survey announced this week that their subscription mapping application could now display walks in 3D ... on our web site you've been able to do that for a long time, for free.

With some fanfare the Ordnance Survey announced this week that their subscription mapping application could now display your walks in 3D ... with our web site you've been able to for ages, for free. Here's a screenshot of it in action:  read more ...


• On Tracks and Routes

People who buy the GPX routes of our walks are sometimes confused that the route appears to be shorter than the walk. Paul explains why.

People who buy the GPX routes of our walks are sometimes confused that the route appears to be shorter than the walk. To illustrate here's an example of an email we received today about our walk Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn. It said:  read more ...


• Why Do Some Maps Appear Crooked?

A user of our GPX mapping software asked this today. Here's Paul's reply.

A user of our GPX mapping software posted on our forum today. She said:  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 ...



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