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2018

August  
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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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Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  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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• 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 ...


• GPS and Elevation

... or "How high are we really?"

If you have a GPS you'll know that essentially it tells you three things: your longitude, your latitude and your elevation. This all sounds straightforward enough, if very clever, but in fact it's only half the story as things are nowhere near that simple.  read more ...



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