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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  
The Lake District: a victim of its own success?  
In Praise of Keswick  
Some Walks From Coniston  
Windermere Ferry Closed  
Look out for Ticks  
GDPR is Approaching Fast  
Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path  
Walking the High Fells  
Retrospective Geotagging  
New Tiles on our GPS Mapping Application  
Thirlmere Zip Wire Application Withdrawn  
Wild Camping in the Lake District  
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  


Our Walks in 3-D  
A Christmas Present  
The Thirlmere Zip Wires  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
Winter - Time to check your gear  

• Beneath Helvellyn's Shade

Beth's been reading a book of stories about Wythburn published in 1892.

This is a quirky little book, published in 1892, which in essence is an observation of Wythburn and the surrounds illustrated with little stories. It is especially interesting as all that stands today of the hamlet, which was called 'the city' of Wythburn, is the little church. The rest of the hamlet disappeared under Thirlmere with the extending of the two small lakes, Wythburn Water and Leathes Water, to create the reservoir.  read more ...

• Review: Lake District High Level and Fell Walks

Beth takes a look at Vivienne Crow's new book of Lake District fell walks.

Newly published by Cicerone, this book of fell walks is by Vivienne Crow. She's a Londoner by birth, but Cumbrian by choice. Based near the Lake District, she has written more than a dozen guides to the national park and writes popular walking columns that appear in several north Cumbrian newspapers.  read more ...

• The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd

Beth reviews this little gem of a book about walking amongst the Cairn Gorm mountains.
The Living Mountain
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• A Concise Description of the English Lakes

Reading this 1827 book by Jonathan Otley Beth has come across some interesting snippets of historical interest.

I was researching something a while ago, not that I can remember what it was now, and came across this book. It's full title is a bit of a mouthful: A Concise Description of the English Lakes and Adjacent Mountains: With General Notices to Tourists; Notices of the Botany, Mineralogy, and Geology of the District; Observations on Meterology; The Floating Island in Derwent Lake; and The Black-Lead Mine in Borrowdale, by Jonathan Otley.  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.