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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  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
New Gazetteer  
New Path, New Crossing  
Moving Time and Speed  
Keeping Safe on the Fells  
New Release of our Maps  
Picnic in the Park  
Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site  
John Muir Trust to take care of Helvellyn  
Improved Met Office Mountain Forecast  
More Improvements to our Mapping App  
Life of a Mountain: Blencathra  
Keswick Railway Path Starts to Re-Open  
Classifying Hills  
Scattering Ashes  
Look out for Ticks  
Phones and Tablets  
More Improvements to our Mapping  
No Road Access to Tarn Hows Today  
Hills Database Updated  
We've Improved Our Walk Maps  
Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells  
Displaying Your Walks in 3D  
We've Improved Our Walk Profiles  
Merrell All Out Blaze Vent Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes review  
Numbering the Grid  
Stay Safe and Enjoy the Fells  
On Tracks and Routes  


• 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.