Web cameras have come a long way since a group of students at Cambridge University thought it would be a great idea to publish a picture of their coffee pot webcam on the Internet. There are now tens of thousands of web cameras across the globe providing shots of people, places and landscapes every hour of the day.
From a mountaineering perspective, the useful ones are those that are showing the current conditions in mountain areas, of which there are numerous in the UK. On this page we have pulled together a selection of the best ones available. If you know of any others that you think are worth adding then please contact us and we’ll add them to the list.
To make it easy to find the right camera, we’ve broken them down by geographical area, of which the following are available, to view the latest available shot, click on the relevant image.
Excellent shot of Great Gable from Wasdale Head, courtesy of Guy Newbold at Wasdale Web.
The Wasdale Web also has web cam’s of the Mosedale Horseshoe/Pillar and Buckbarrow Fell.
View of Ambleside looking towards the Fairfield Horseshoe, courtesy of Elder Grove.
View of Glenridding and Ullswater, courtesy of BBC Cumbria.
View of Skiddaw taken from George Fisher in Keswick, courtesy of BBC Cumbria.
View of the moors above Hebden Bridge, courtesy of www.pcuk.net.
View of Dartmoor, courtesy of Dartcom.
View of Ben Nevis from Tomacharich, Fort William, courtesy of www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk
View of The Buachaille , courtesy of Kings House Hotel.
View of from the Cairngorm Summit Weather Station looking South-West over the Northern Corries, courtesy of Department of Physics at Heriot-Watt University.
View of the Cairngorm’s from the Ski Area Base Station, courtesy of www.cairngormmountain.com
View of the Cairngorm’s from the Ptarmigan on the plateau, courtesy of www.cairngormmountain.com
View of Knoydart and the entrance to Loch Hourn taken from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig College on Skye, courtesy of the BBC.
View of from the Snowdon from Elidir Fach, courtesy of Snowdon Weather Station Project.
View of down the Ogwen Valley towards Y-Garn from the Mountain Rescue Base, courtesy of Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue.
Also includes a web cam showing the view of the Glyders taken from Bethesda.
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