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Scotland - It's Better by Tube!

Title image of MunrOvergroundFirst published online October 2011:

It is now over half a year since Tubular Fells was launched and in this time I have been very busy indeed.  I have been overwhelmed with the response to Tubular Fells and for the positive response and feedback given to me about the map.  Apart from letters, e-mails and phone calls of congratulations about the map, there have also been many suggestions as to what to do with the map design.  Of course, many may already know about the Tubular Fells mugs that have been produced and there are many other suggested products in the pipeline, but from day one I knew other maps would be produced.  Apart from my beloved Lakeland, I already had an inkling about producing a map for Scotland's Munros and after many requests I have now, very nearly finished it (now published).

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Fred On the Web

As a very young kid, many a Lakeland trip was watered down with a visit to the shops.  I specifically remember not liking to stop in Kendal (it was too far from the central fells for my liking) but stopping off in Ambleside at least afforded views of Loughrigg and of course the cradling ridges of the Fairfield horseshoe to the north of the town.  Now identified as the anorak selling capital of the UK, Ambleside does however, still retain some independent stores, one of which is Fred Holdsworth's Bookshop. This article examines this great store.

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New Face for the National Trust

This is the first of a series of articles focussing on the outlets currently stocking Tubular Fells.  Largely independent, these stores are iconic, Lakeland retailers in their own right and many are historic elements of the townscapes in which they lie.  The first article examines the new National Trust shop in Grasmere - the first, Tubular Fells map stockist in The Lake District.

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Mind the gap! The Scarth Gap Pass, That Is!

News & Star LogoWhen Mark Green contacted me from the 'News & Star' little did I realise that Tubular Fells would get centre stage within the west Cumbrian newspaper.  This week, Mark sent me several copies of the paper and I was amazed at the coverage on the Tuesday Feature slot within the centre pages of the newspaper on April 5th.

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In the tube. Or on the fells?

The latest map of the Lake District has found a new way of laying out one of the most exhaustively charted places in the world, let alone the north of England. Inspired by the legendary London Transport artist Harry Beck, who created the tube map, a geography teacher has re-arranged the fells in the manor of Earls Court, Mornington Crescent and Parson's Green.

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A great idea, what an original way to present the fells. 
Bill Birkett, Climber, photographer and author

>£10,000 - THANKS!

Since April 2011 'Tubular Fells' has now raised just over £10000! >£10000 raised for Fix the FellsThis is an astounding figure and thanks to everyone who has shown their support by buying the map.  This figure is enough to produce over 100 metres of stone pitched path.  Many thanks to everyone who's purchased the map so far from as far afield as Leeds, London, Canada, Massachusetts, New Zealand and Hawaii!
  • £10-one metre of revegetation alongside a path
  • £25-one tonne of stone moved to site
  • £50-one 25kg bag of special upland grass seed
  • £100-one metre of stone pitched path
  • £250-one stone lined path cross drain
  • £600-one hour of helicopter flying time to move stone