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2024

April  
Herdy supports sheep safety this spring  
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March  
Piers Gill. Something has changed.  
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February  
Using our Mapping for Other Walks  

2023

November  
Winter - Time to check your gear  
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September  
Hills Database Updated  
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August  
Being Prepared  
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July  
Leave Only Pawprints  
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June  
Mountain Rescue Box ransacked  
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May  
A Happy Lake District Story  
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April  
Lost in the Lakes  
Wasdale MRT Open Day  
No More Accommodation Adverts  
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February  
The Perils of Relying on a Smartphone  
Hill Top Bagging  
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January  
Challenging Paths  
Looking Forward to a New Year  

2022


• Hills Database Updated

We've just imported the latest version of the Database of British and Irish hills. This release adds four more hill lists, plus we've now got the "drop" of each summit recorded.

We've just imported the latest version of the Database of British and Irish hills. We were previously on version 17.4 and we're now on 18 which was released on 29th July. Our apologies that it's taken a while to get this release online but we've made some changes with this import.  read more ...


• Being Prepared

Poorly prepared walkers get themselves into all sort of trouble on Scafell Pike due to lack of planning and poor decision making.

We regularly get reports from the various Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams and, in particular, from Wasdale MRT who are one of the busiest and this one caught our eye today for lack of competence of the people being helped:  read more ...


• Mountain Rescue Box ransacked

Amidst a surge in the number of call outs on and around Scafell Pike in May the Mountain Rescue Stretcher box at Mickledore was ransacked over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Amidst a surge in call-out numbers on and around Scafell Pike in May, and across the region more broadly, the Mountain Rescue Stretcher box at Mickledore, between Scafell and Scafell Pike, was ransacked over the Bank Holiday weekend just gone, with some kit now missing and other contents strewn around the fell and left open to the elements along with a used disposable BBQ and various items of food waste and rubbish.  read more ...


• A Happy Lake District Story

This week someone remembering her late grandpa was helped to find the exact location where a photo was taken of him.

Over on reddit this week someone posted in the /r/LakeDistrict sub asking for help identifying an old photo of a man with his arm raised on the hill overlooking a pair of lakes and the poster asked "Is this picture taken in the Lake District?".  read more ...


• Wasdale MRT Open Day

If you're in the south west Lakes area this Saturday then the Wasdale MRT are having a rescue base open day at their base just outside Gosforth.

If you're in the south west Lakes area this Saturday, 22nd April then the Wasdale MRT are having a rescue base open day at their base just outside Gosforth from 10am to 4pm.  read more ...


• No More Accommodation Adverts

Ever since we began our adventure with this web site we have relied on property adverts to cover some of the costs. We've decided it's time to drop that now.

Ever since we began our adventure with this web site we have relied on property adverts to cover some of the costs. So every walk page and every hill page has featured a banner somewhere in it showing properties near that location.  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.