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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


• Lost in the Lakes

The folk at Summersdale Publishers kindly sent us a copy of Lost in the Lakes, a new travel book by Tom Chesshyre which they thought might entertain us, and it did.

The folk at Summersdale Publishers kindly sent us a copy of Lost in the Lakes, a new travel book by Tom Chesshyre which they thought might entertain us, and it did.  read more ...


• 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.