If you originally signed up to our sister site Great British Hills
then you may be wondering why you're getting email from WalkLakes.
We were originally planning to have two sites: one general site for
British walkers with details of all the tops you can bag, mapping
etc and a site for our walk researching activity in the Lake
District (which would also carry the same information as Great
British Hills). However we found that Google penalised us in
searches for doing this so we've now merged Great British Hills into
WalkLakes. Fear not however: all the facilities of Great British
Hills remain, including the hill finder,
and we've also now significantly improved our route planner software
(see below) so we hope you'll stay with us.
Since our last mailing we've completed a major exercise to give all our walks an overall rating between one fell ( ) and five fells ( ) based on a combination of distance, ascent and the
other factors we score a walk on like terrain, bog factor, and
technical difficulty. So using that we're now sorting the walks we
find for you by overall rating rather than simply by distance.
As many of you already know our route planner is now
running our latest software so, if you want to plan your own walks,
and especially if you use a GPS, then do give it a go. It lets you
download tracks you've recorded on your GPS and also allows you to
create a route to upload to your GPS. It tells you how long they are
and, just like our walk
descriptions, can show you a profile of your walk. And, if you
register and then log in, you also get access to our new 1:25,000
scale mapping and aerial photography to make your
route planning even easier.
In the future we are planning to add the ability to save your GPX files on our server and better integration with our log book and forum facilities, so when you save a GPX track it will offer to add any tops the track passes through into your log book for you and also make it easier for your to write a walk report in our forum.
the better weather this summer and autumn we were able to get on
in earnest with filling in some of the gaps in our walks database
and we are still publishing them through the winter.
part of our programme of researching walks in the Lake District we
are planning to walk all the Long Distance Paths (LDPs) in Lakeland.
The obvious one is the Cumbria
Way of course but we are also planning to do the Allerdale Ramble and
the Cumbria Coastal
Way and later possible the Cistercian Way. However we
discovered while planning for this that both the Allerdale Ramble
and Cumbria Coastal Way are no longer endorsed by Cumbria County
Council and hence the Ordnance Survey no longer show the route for
either on their latest maps (or online map tiles).
The Allerdale Ramble remains walkable as it only uses rights of way but the Cumbria Coastal Way is now problematic because in part it uses permissive paths. The good news is that work on a new National Trail, the England Coast Path, is now well under way. The first section of which in Cumbria should be open late spring 2014, from Allonby to Whitehaven, with more to follow. You can more about this on the Natural England web site.
You can read more about this issue and our correspondence with both the Ordnance Survey and Cumbria County Council in this article on our web site.
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When you are logged in you may have noticed a link top right for
"your log book". We've been doing a lot of work to improve the log
book facility recently. For a start we've added maps so you can
see where the tops you've "bagged" are located. And when you dig
down to look at specific hill types it also shows you the tops
you've yet to bag of that type. You can do mass updates of
previous bagging activity from your log book (in addition to being
able to log hills by either visiting the appropriate hill page or
writing a walk report - see below).
Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: TallPaul and beth.
And TallPaul wrote a public
walk report for the forum
so there is a link to that from the hill page.
More importantly if you post to our forum then your brief profile to the right of your post includes a summary of your bagging stats.
So on your left is TallPaul, with their one Wainwright, and on the right is beth with 159 plus 2 Wainwright Outlying Fells.
Which neatly brings us on to ...
People are now starting to post to our forum, which is nice. pistolrider
in particular has been active recently. For example on Christmas Day
he posted this excellent report of his Christmas Eve walk in mid-Wales. As he logged the tops
he visited you can see that his totals on the right of his post now
include those Marilyns, Hewitts and Nuttalls. We welcome more walk
reports of course, so please feel free to join in.
We've also added a new forum Promo Codes & Offers where we are letting you know about special offers and promo codes for extra discounts from our advertisers. They'll save you money and we still get our commission - at no extra cost to you.
And finally, with Christmas now behind us it's the ideal time to
start thinking about your 2014 holidays so don't forget that our room finder
can help you find the perfect accommodation (and not just in the
Lakes either, just pick a hill near where you're going and it'll
find you somewhere to stay). We use a combination of properties from
LateRooms and Sykes Cottages portfolios plus properties listed
by the owners themselves to ensure you get the widest selection of
hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, campsites and bunk houses as well as
a wide range of self catering cottages.