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How does water depth affect swimming safety? Why do signs, especially in the UK, say "DANGER: deep water"?

Well, there's the obvious issue that the bottom may shelve very steeply, so that non-swimmers trying to paddle may drown. Beyond that, I think there's a specific point and a more general point. ...
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Why would one choose to use a Harvey map rather than an Ordnance Survey map?

Well, if you've ever tried walking in countries like Spain or Italy, we should celebrate the fact that we are spoiled for choice. You can always get by with an OS, so why would you ever choose Harvey? ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...
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How does water depth affect swimming safety? Why do signs, especially in the UK, say "DANGER: deep water"?

I cannot swim, so if I am expecting something to be shallow enough to stand in and then it turns out that it is much deeper then I will die. Normally I would expect that water gradually get deeper ...
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Deer activity in the wet

This behavior is well-known to be honest. There's this myth that white-tail activity increases if it rains (the deer seeks shelter). However, the truth is that this doesn't really affect the daily ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Falling birdshot stings a little, but I've never known it break the skin. It's no worse than having a 5p piece dropped on you from a couple of feet up. If you're on a public footpath, guns may not ...
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Difference between a "path" and a "footpath"?

A path indication on the map means that when the mapper mapped it there was physically a path on the ground. It gives no indication as to who is or is not allowed to use that path. The brown ...
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How does water depth affect swimming safety? Why do signs, especially in the UK, say "DANGER: deep water"?

One thing not yet mentioned is quickness and ease of rescue. In my younger years, I was a trained lifeguard, and though my certification is long expired, I remember most of the concepts. A ...
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Can you identify this lizard-like creature I observed in the UK?

That's not a lizard that's a smooth newt. Source None of the lizards in the UK look anything like that, and the tail and lines are what I am basing my identification off of. Also see Attracting ...
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Getting into canoeing - UK

It will depend on whereabouts along the Thames you live but there are many canoe and kayak clubs and water-based outdoor recreation centres around. It is possible to get into it without any training ...
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Why would one choose to use a Harvey map rather than an Ordnance Survey map?

I've used OS 1:25k and 1:50k extensively in the UK. I also have a little experience of using 1:40k Harveys maps (Lake district, for mountain marathons). I have been impressed with the Harveys: in ...
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OS Map Symbols - Black Dots

According to the Ordnance Survey legend, those are BOUNDARIES Civil Parish (CP); England or Community (C); Wales See page 6 of the legend under boundaries. There are no other small black dots on the ...
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Did I see an Osprey?

The osprey does seem the most likely option. There are only a handful of breeding pairs in North Wales, but they are in your area so it's credible. The wingspan of a small common buzzard starts at ...
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Is there a reason for seeing a lot of roadkill badgers in the spring?

Its a combination of the male badgers out looking for mates, Springtime is the most perilous time for wild animals, says Whelan. “A lot of male badgers are killed in spring because they’re out ...
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Where can I take a dip?

Here is a good summary of the legal position of swimming in the UK www.river-swimming.co.uk/legal.htm I think the opening line is most interesting "The right to swim is a complex issue which, in ...
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Is it illegal to walk on single or dual carriageways in the UK?

A motorway is very strictly defined and will always be named Mn or An(M). There are A roads sometimes called expressways that look a lot like motorways but they don't have hard shoulders and their ...
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Do any of the routes up Scafell Pike start easy to a good "halfway point" where people can stop and return?

This is a bit tentative, as I haven't done it myself. So think of it as a suggestion to be looked at on the map, and apply all the usual precautions for mountain hiking, not just for you but for the ...
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How does water depth affect swimming safety? Why do signs, especially in the UK, say "DANGER: deep water"?

Depth affects safety because you can't breathe if the water level is above your nose, when your feet are standing at the bottom. After that point, it doesn't matter much; there is no difference ...
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Hiking/Scrambling Etiquette? (UK Specific)

It's not very different but here are a few things that might help Coming up from behind, a greeting is more common than a warning. I'm often on a bike and if I'm gaining on a hiker or horse rider (on ...
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Difference between a "path" and a "footpath"?

On Ordnance Survey maps in England and Wales, the brown background shows access land: see this legend. On such access land, access on foot is permitted anywhere. You cannot cycle here. A path is a ...
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What species of bird of prey is this? Kestrel?

I can't give a definitive answer, but it is probably a female kestrel, doing what kestrels do, which is to scan for small mammals either from a perch or on the wing. The male's colours are more ...
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What hazardous wildlife is there in the UK?

You want the truth? This is Britain's most pesky animal! In addition to the other excellent answers, you should be aware of the dangers of the infamous Scottish midge. Before I destroy the Scottish ...
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Swimming in a river in England or Wales with a right of navigation

Basically, the law on river swimming in England and Wales is a mess. Below the tidal limit swimming is unambiguously legal, provided you access the water from public land. In fresh water, the true ...
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What are the most likely causes of unfilterable water contamination in upland UK areas?

Viral infection Assuming you have a quality filter which genuinely removes bacteria and protozoa, you are probably safer from viral infection than you think. Viruses are quite likely to be present ...
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Where can I take a dip?

As a supplement to Martin Hugi's excellent answer I would add that there will likely be groups of people locally with an interest in outdoor swimming, and they will know all the best spots. In my ...
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