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Chris Lewis Support Fund  
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  

• 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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