How to use the information on this site

The following particularly applies to anyone inspired enough by this site to go walking in the Lake District. If this is the case, please do read it: it also constitutes a disclaimer.

All information on this site is presented in good faith and represents a personal account of some walks I have undertaken. However, it should not be used as the sole source of information about a walk. First, buy a good map – namely the OS Outdoor Leisure maps of the area (numbers 4 to 7 cover the whole District with plenty of room to spare) – and take it on each trip. You could do worse than invest in Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides as well (follow that link for more information).

The summit of Loughrigg Fell, at the edge of some rather dubious weather

The summit of Loughrigg Fell, at the edge of some rather dubious weather

All fellwalking, particularly in the Lake District in which conditions can change rapidly, should be considered a potentially risky undertaking. You should be sure you are in good health. Wear proper outdoor gear, including good boots: check the weather forecast always, particularly if you are going up above 2,000 feet. I swear I have had sleet fall on me in August (on Pike o’Blisco) and remember that the Lakes is the wettest part of England. Take food and drink, and make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you expect to return.

Although I would be flattered if anyone was inspired by my ramblings (on the fells and on the web site) to go and follow in my footsteps somehow, please note you do so at your own risk and I cannot be responsible for any mishaps which may befall you. However, I say that only because I must – actually I hope you really enjoy it, as I (almost) always do. Please use the comment facility on this site to tell me about your experiences.

Route cards: On several of the walk pages you can download a route card although note that after about walk 70 these became intermittent and I have since stopped producing them. But for those walks that have them, the route card is a Word document which contains the following information:

  • summary information on mileage and total feet of ascent
  • an elevation profile, showing ascents and descents (see the sample below)
  • a list of key waypoints (places reached on the walk) showing grid references, elevations above sea level, distances, feet of ascent and estimates of how long each stage takes to walk
  • an overview map on which the route is clearly marked.
Example of elevation profile (walk 8)

An example of an elevation profile (from walk 8)

All these cards have been prepared with the Memory Map software, which I highly recommend. I am not permitted to distribute these on a commercial basis – therefore, neither are you – but please feel free to download them for your personal use. A couple of words of advice, however:

  • distances can be assumed to be accurate, as long as you follow my route, anyway;
  • however, elevations are approximate and, on summits, usually underestimated. (This is because it is difficult to place a way point on the exact highest point of mountains, for all that the Memory Map software allows accuracy within 10 metres, or about 33 feet, of distance.)
  • timings are calculated using an average speed of 3mph + 1 minute for every 10m of ascent. I, and you, may walk faster or slower than this. Very rough ground and/or poor weather will clearly slow you up, whereas on a clear day, good ground and a smooth descent you may well get up to 4mph or even more. Also remember this accounts only for time spent in motion, and not on eating lunch, admiring the view, getting stones out of one’s boots, looking at the map, having a sneaky fag, etc. etc.
  • don’t use these as your sole guide while out on the fells. The quality of the map is inadequate and in any case the ink will run if you are caught in the rain. Get an OS map (printed or on a GPS device) and always take it with you when out on the fells.

Copyright statement: All text and photos on this site are copyright Andrew Whitworth 2009-2016. You can quote text on this site if you credit the source. Photos cannot be reproduced without permission.

One Response to “Help page and disclaimer”

  1. Mr Christopher Bagot said

    Hell. My name is Chris Bagot. I manufacture scale Lake District models and the name of my Company is Buckbarrow Landscape Models (or at least it soon will be if things develop). The name of Buckbarrow was chosen for its association with my family and with our Climbing Club (Achille Ratti), which has a hut nearby. I see you have a very nice picture of this Fell, and it fits in very well (because of the steely blues etc) with the publicity I am developing. Could we come to some arrangement whereby I might use this photo as part of my website (to be) and other material. Let me know what you think. Apologies for springing this email upon you even though we have never met.
    Chris Bagot, Chorley, Lancashire

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