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An Appeal from Cumbria's Mountain Rescue teams  
Lake District to feature on New Stamp  
2020: a Mixed Year for Mountain Rescue  


New Visitors to Cumbria remain a Problem  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
Walking Near Cattle  
Camping in the Lake District  
Coronavirus News  
The Keswick to Threlkeld Path Tunnel  
Rydal Cave  
A Plea from Patterdale MRT  
Pooley Bridge Replacement  
Meet Skye  
Lochaber MRT on Monday's Rescue  
Remembering Jessie 2005 - 2020  
Why we don't use What 3 Words  


"In Our Hands"  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
Winter - Be Prepared  
Controversy over Path Restoration  
Buttermere Fell Care Day  
Buttermere Bridge Reopens  
'In Our Hands' Premiere  
Red Squirrel Campaign 2019  
Pooley Bridge Replacement  
Remembering a Significant Event  

• 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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