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Welcome to our new Web Site  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Returns  
Dogs and the Lambing Season  
Got an old GPS? It might stop working on 6th April  


Winter - Time to check your gear  
The Fell Top Assessors are Back  
Glover Landscape Review  
Blencathra Trig Detector Ring Appeal  
Can you remember the first shooting star you saw?  
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  

• Winter - Time to check your gear

Time to wash, proof and otherwise prepare your existing winter gear; and new gear you might want to buy.

Winter is a wonderful time to be on the fells. Quieter than the busy summer months, you can find yourself alone on even the most popular fells during the week. There's nothing quite like an early start on a crisp frosty morning to make the most of the short daylight hours.  read more ...

• Weather Watching

In the wake of Storm Callum we've got some thoughts on how our web site can help you assess the weather conditions.

In the wake of Storm Callum last weekend we thought this was a good time to talk about how our web site can help you assess the weather conditions if you're visiting the Lakes.  read more ...

• Parking Problems at Seathwaite

Parking at Seathwaite is difficult all year around but now, in the height of the season, it's a real problem.

If you've ever visited Seathwaite to walk up Great Gable or Scafell Pike then you will already be aware that there are parking issues up there. Here's the view when the Google Streetview car visited in April 2010 and even on an overcast Spring day where it had clearly rained earlier almost all the available parking was in use.

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• In Praise of Keswick

We're both fond of Keswick. Here's some of the reasons why.

For various reasons we've both always been particularly fond of Keswick and not just for the walking opportunities it offers. It's the most northerly of the Lake District towns and from there the A591 runs south through the other communities that make up the spine of Lakeland: Grasmere, Ambleside, and Windermere. It has a vibrant and interesting town centre with a wide variety of good shops with friendly staff selling everything from outdoor equipment to local food and it also has an excellent market on both Thursday and Saturday.  read more ...

• Some Walks From Coniston

If you're staying in or near Coniston here's some walks to try.

Coniston is a busy little village sandwiched between the eastern crags of The Old Man of Coniston, one of the best known hills of the Lake District, and the shore of Coniston Water. There are a good number of shops in the centre where daily supplies, or forgotten kit, can be obtained.  read more ...

• Help restore the Keswick to Threlkeld Path

The path from Keswick to Threlkeld along the old railway line was badly damaged by Storm Desmond. You can help restore it.

The Keswick to Threlkeld path along the old railway line was badly damaged in 2015 by Storm Desmond with two of the old railway bridges that crossed the River Greta being washed away, another bridge left at risk of collapse, and around 200 metres of the path surface disappeared into the floodwaters.  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.