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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  
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  

• Merrell All Out Blaze Vent Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes review

Paul has joined the approach shoe movement with a pair of Merrells.

You may remember Beth's enthusiasm for her first pair of decent approach shoes in a review she posted here a while back and she's not the only hill walker I know who's moved from the stout boots that we were all brought up to wear for walking to the much lighter option of the approach shoe.  read more ...

• Gear Review: Kendal Mint Cake

Other walking magazines and web sites bring you gear reviews of poles, boots, and clothing. We go straight to the thing that matters ...

Other walking magazines and web sites bring you gear reviews of poles, boots, and clothing. We go straight to the thing that matters: food and specifically Kendal Mint Cake. Kendal Mint Cake is essentially a way of delivering glucose for an immediate hit of energy, followed by sugar which is processed quite quickly into glucose!  read more ...

• AKU Women's Rock Lite shoes review

Beth has a look at her first pair of approach shoes and finds them really good.

This summer has seen a monumental shift in my walking footwear. I have recently discovered the joys of approach shoes.  read more ...

• AKU Superalp GTX Ladies Boots

Beth's had her pair a few months now - here's what she thinks of them.

I've had these a few months now, bought from The Keswick Boot Company. Long enough now for a review. It's quite tricky to review footwear as the fit is absolutely paramount to the perception of how well a boot performs, and we all have subtly different shaped feet. What works for one person may not work for another. So there is bound to be quite substantial difference of opinions. Suffice to say, when buying any walking boots or shoes go to a good, preferably independent, retailer like the aforementioned Alex at Keswick Boot.  read more ...

• Páramo Ladies' Velez Adventure Smock

Beth reviews her latest purchase.

I have two Velez smocks, one from 2008 - a men's medium. And one I bought a few days ago - a lady's size S. The reason being, simply, 7 years ago the colours of the women's Páramo was so dire I opted for the men's black!  read more ...

• Review: Craghoppers Kiwi Winter Lined Trousers

How Paul keeps his legs warm while walking the dog.

I should start with a warning: these are not fell walking trousers. For two reasons, firstly when you start doing any work you'll find them too warm and second they're not waterproof, just "shower resistant" and they're poly-cotton so, if they do get wet, they're going to take a while to dry out.  read more ...

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