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23 February 2007

Scots Exec's 'no' to Cairngorms expansion

The Scottish Executive has knocked back plans to enlarge the Cairngorms National Park.Sarah Boyack, deputy environment minister, told MSPs that no change would be considered until the park’s five-year plan is reviewed next year.Campaigners, including the Perthshire Alliance for the Real Cairngorms, want to move the boundary to take in several areas which lie outside the present park.

15 February 2007

Inspector backs campaigners' green-space bid

A green space in a West Yorkshire town has been saved from development by local campaigners.Locals in Yeadon, in the shadow of Leeds-Bradford airport, succeeded in having an open space ruled to be a town green, which means it should not be built on.Inspector Alun Aylesbury ruled that Yeadon Banks had been used for recreation for 20 years and so could be registered as a green.

19 February 2007

Natural England backs coastal access corridor

The Government’s official body on outdoor matters today recommended the setting up of a 4,500km-long access corridor around England’s coast.Natural England, which was set up last autumn, says there should be a new law to ensure public access to the country’s beaches and coastline.

21 February 2007

Minister says Brecon must protect mining sites

Welsh environment minister Carwyn Jones has told a national park it must change its planning blueprint to safeguard sand and gravel mining sites.Park authorities in the Brecon Beacons say the ruling could have severe environmental implications.Despite 1,000 residents of Talybont-on-Usk signing a petition against mining in the area, the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) says the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority must protect the areas from being built upon in its local unitary development plan (UDP).It has been told it cannot adopt the UDP in its present form, which means all the park’s planning policies are put into doubt.

22 February 2007

Taxing questions for Lowe Alpine marathon entrants

Competitors in this year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will get a reminder of their impact on the environment.Organisers say entrants will be quizzed on their journey to and from the event and given the chance to make a voluntary tax to offset their carbon dioxide generation.

25 February 2007

Rivers access bill may be sunk by Government

An attempt to extend the right to roam to paddlers faces stormy waters.The Government blocked the second reading of a bill brought by Brighton MP Des Turner which would have given canoeists similar rights to those enjoyed by walkers and climbers in England and Wales.

04 March 2007

Landslip leads to Exmoor path closure

Authorities say an Exmoor wood is likely to be closed for months.Access to Culbone Woods was restricted following landslips last weekend.

04 March 2007

Investigation follows girl's Dartmoor death

Police will interview members of the team accompanying the girl who died at the weekend during training for a Dartmoor challenge.Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police will be trying to ascertain what happened during the incident which led to the death of 14-year-old Charlotte Shaw when she fell into Walla Brook.Det Ch Insp Steve Carey said: “There is absolutely no suggestion at all of wrongdoing.“The police are here to fully investigate the circumstances and report them to the coroner.”Reports have suggested that Charlotte, from Torrington in Devon, who was a student at the private Edgehill College in Bideford, Devon, may have hit her head in the fall.

07 March 2007

Longridge campaigners go for green

Campaigners trying to save a Teesside wood say it should be classed as a village green.Kate Ashbrook (left) of the Open Spaces Society, which is backing residentsLongridge Wood at Marton, near Middlesbrough, is threatened by housing development.

14 February 2007

Wainwright fans' trail campaign steps up a gear

The Wainwright Society is stepping up its campaign to have the Coast-to-Coast Walk designated a National Trail.The Society, formed to study and promote the works of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker known to his close friends as AW, to others as Alfred and to his paramour as Red, wants the route he devised classified in the same way as long distance paths such as the Pennine Way.Designation as a National Trail would bring investment and protection to the route, which runs the 192 miles from St Bee’s Head on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.

16 February 2007

Mountain marathon entries open this week

Entries open on Friday for the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, which bills itself as the connoisseurs’ marathon.As usual, there’s no indication of the actual site of the event, other than the cryptic hint that it will take place two hours’ drive north of Edinburgh and Glasgow and 2¾ hours from Aberdeen.

20 February 2007

Happy ending for trapped Lochnagar climber

A climber was rescued unharmed after finding himself stuck on a Highland mountain for five hours.The inexperienced winter mountaineer was told to stay put after calling police this morning.

21 February 2007

Your chance to tell Tony 'no' to Peak quarrying

It’s now the done thing. Every Tom, Dick and Harriet with a point of view is petitioning Tony Blair to back their pet project. So why not lovers...

23 February 2007

Eagle Tor closed to climbers

Climbers are being warned they are not welcome at a Peak bouldering site.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) says the public should stay away from Eagle Tor near Birchover in Derbyshire after its owners said they were withdrawing access permission.The BMC said: “The owners are decent people with a young family and appreciate the quality of the crag.

02 March 2007

BBC4 screening for second Wainwright walk

A reminder to lovers of Lakeland that the second in BBC4’s series Wainwright Walks airs tomorrow evening.Left: Sharp Edge on BlencathraJulia Bradbury leads us up Blencathra, following the Grumpy Old Fellwalker’s guide to the fells.

04 March 2007

Girl dies in swollen Dartmoor river

A teenage girl lost her life after falling into a river on Dartmoor during training for an Army-run challenge.The girl, from Edgehill College in Bideford, Devon, was swept away in the Walla Brook near Watern Tor yesterday.

05 March 2007

Cairngorm enlargement bid defeated

Scottish politicians have rejected an attempt to enlarge the Cairngorms National Park.MSPs narrowly defeated the proposal by North Tayside Scottish National Party MSP John Swinney, to have the park area extended to include an extra 300 sq miles.The Bill, before the Scottish Parliament’s environmental and rural development committee was defeated by five votes to four.

07 March 2007


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