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Listed below are links to other websites which may be of interest you (eg. weather, web cams, the Lake District, tourist authorities, accommodation, climbing groups, and so on). The majority of these links are relevant to our activities only, with an emphasis on the Lake District. For an excellent, comprehensive listing of outdoor adventure links, try Keswick-based Needle Sports links pages.

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Tourist Information and Accommodation

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Tourist Information (including accommodation services)

Go Lakes

Cumbria Tourist Board's comprehensive website.

Lake District Outdoors

All you'll ever need to know about outdoor pursuits in the Lakes can be found here in the Cumbria Tourist Board's dedicated outdoor activities site.


Comprehensive web-based guide to Cumbria & the English Lake District, including: accommodation, dining, attractions, activities, events, and much more.

Cumbria Online

Another comprehensive web-based guide to Cumbria & the English Lake District, including: news, accommodation, dining, attractions, activities, events, and much more.

Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park's official website.

Keswick Tourist Office

Keswick Tourist Office's site, listing local B&Bs, Camp Sites and Camping Barns.

Virtual Cumbria

Interactive 360°x360° iPIX Virtual Tours and guides.

English Lakes

An illustrated guide to the Lake District.

Youth Hostels


Youth Hostel Association National Website.


The Camping Site

National database of camping sites throughout the UK.

North Lakes Campsites

North Lakes Camping

Camping Barns

Bunkhouse accomodation throughout the Lake District.

Outdoor Equipment

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Outdoor Equipment Stores

George Fisher, Keswick

One of the UK's premier outdoor stores, located in the heart of the Lake District.

Weather, winter conditions, and climbing reports

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National Weather

UK Met Office

Official site of the UK Office of Meteorology.

BBC Weather

The BBC's online weather service, including 5-day forecasts.

Local - Cumbria

BBC Cumbria Weather

The BBC's online weather service specifically for Cumbria, including 5-day forecasts.

Cumbria Online Weather

Cumbria Online's weather information

Local - Scotland

Scotland Online

Detailed 5-day forecasts for the East and West Highlands, as well as the Lake District and Snowdonia.

Local - Wales

Snowdon Weather Station

Provides current weather reports from Snowdon.

Winter conditions and reports

Scottish Avalanche Information Service

Provides daily reports by area on avalanche danger, weather and climbing conditions.

Winterhighland Mk2

Popular winter climbs reporting site, on which you can log your own reports. Whilst mainly covering Scotland, there are also reports from other areas including the Lake District and Wales.

UK Climbing Winter Reports

Another winter climbs reporting site, on which you can log your own reports.


Admiralty Tide Predictor

The Admiralty's tide prediction for the world.


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Local - Lake District

Skiddaw Webcam

George Fisher, Keswick.

Coniston Webcam

Coppermines, Coniston.

Windermere Webcam

Miller Howe, Windermere.

Wasdale Webcam

Four webcams in Wasdale.

Local - Scotland

Nevis Camera 1

Views of the summit taken from near the brewery.

Nevis Camera 2

Views of the North Face of Ben Nevis.

Cairngorm Weather Station

Views ofCairngorn from the carpark.

Skye Camera

View of the Cuillin Ridge from the Sligachan.

Loch Lomond Camera

View of Ben Lomond.

Local - Wales

Snowdon Web Cam 1

View of Snowdon from Llanberis.

Snowdon Web Cam 2

View of Snowdon Summit from Elidir Fach.

Governing Bodies and Clubs

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Governing Bodies and Associations


Association of Mountaineering Instructors.


British Mountaineering Council.


Mountaineering Council of Scotland.


Fell Runners Association.

Clubs - National

BMC Clubs Links

Links to BMC affiliated clubs.

Clubs - Lake District

Keswick MC

Keswick Mountaineering Club

Carlisle MC

Carlisle Mountaineering Club

Eden Valley MC

Eden Valley Mountaineering Club

Fell & Rock Climbing Club

Lakes based club with huts in the Lakes.

Fell Runners

Cumberland Fell Runners Association.

Insurance for Outdoor Activities

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British Mountaineering Council (BMC)

Probably the main provider of personal insurance for climbers and mountaineers in the UK.

Harrison-Beaumont Insurance

Online Quotes - Activity travel insurance cover for mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, scuba diving, water sports, winter sports, windsurfing and more.

The Foundry

Sheffield Climbing Wall based insurance service.

Austrian Alpine Club - UK

Reasonably-priced annual alpine and world-wide insurance.

Snowcard & Active Card

Independent worldwide activity insurance.

Guidebooks, maps and videos

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Mail order services

Needle Sports Mail Order

Comprehensive offering of outdoor activity guidebooks, maps, videos and other resources.

Other Links

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Lake District Desktops

Free desktop wallpaper sized digital photographs of the English Lake District; a new image added every other day.


Dedicated to mountaineering, hill walking & rock climbing in the UK. Contains searchable database of all mountains in UK plus routes, gear, weather and comprehensive links directory.

Sun Rock Accommodation

Sun Rock Accommodation, for Rock climbing areas worldwide.

Climb Magazine


Angling and Outdoor Center

One-stop store en-route to the Western Fells



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