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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

Park bosses say keep dogs on lead

A national park authority is reminding walkers that they must keep their dogs on a short lead on access land.Exmoor National Park Authority (NPA) says ground-nesting birds are at risk if dogs are allowed to run free.

08 March 2007

Any takers for cheap Alpine courses?

Subsidised Alpine mountaineering courses are on offer, thanks to a charitable trust.The three-day courses will be run in Chamonix by professional guides and will give an introduction to Alpine mountaineering.

08 March 2007

Inquest hears student loved the mountains

A winter climber who died of hypothermia in the Scottish Highlands was less than a mile from safety, an inquest heard.Richard Hardy’s body temperature was only 14°C when he was found by rescuers; normal temperature is 37°C.

09 March 2007

Honister via ferrata stirs emotions

There are cries of ‘It’s not the British way’ resonating around the crags of Borrowdale and Buttermere in response to the news that the country’s first via ferrata will be established.Left: Buttermere with Fleetwith Pike at its head, site of the country's first via ferrataNews that the Honister Slate Mine company is to set up the first via ferrata in Britain has brought howls of horror as well as squeals of anticipation among different sections of the outdoor community.The company is aiming to have the route set up to coincide with the Keswick Mountain Festival in May.

16 March 2007

Canavan will head Scottish Ramblers

The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland has elected a retiring MSP as its president.Dennis Canavan, an independent member of the Holyrood parliament, will give up his seat at the next election.

16 March 2007

Billionaire in line to snap up Mountain Warehouse

Secretive billionaire Mike Ashley could be in line to take over bargain outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.According to financial pundits the chain, currently owned by private-equity investors, is sniffing around for potential buyers and the reclusive former boss of Sports Direct International is at the front of the queue.Mr Ashley currently owns outdoor clothing brand Karrimor and has a 29% share in troubled retail group Blacks, which runs the Millets, Blacks and O’Neill outfits.

18 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

Campaigners object to Lancashire windfarm

Campaigners have objected to plans to site a windfarm on the west Pennine moors.The site is on common land on Haslingden Moor, Rossendale, and needs the consent of the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn before it can go ahead.Energiekontor has applied to Defra to build ten wind turbines on the land.

15 October 2007

Dog blog to guide Peak walkers

These are obviously dog days for the outdoor world: not content with just advising dog owners about how they should act in the countryside, authorities in the Peak District are launching a dog blog today at Crufts.The blog is in the form of a podcast – an audio play featuring collie-cross Barney and his friends Bingo and Kipper, and is a light-hearted attempt to educate walkers about the delights and dangers of taking dogs on to the moors during lambing and nesting time.The dog blog, Paws on the Moors, was written by Pamela Butler with help from the UK Kennel Club and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

08 March 2007

Inquest hears student loved the mountains

A winter climber who died of hypothermia in the Scottish Highlands was less than a mile from safety, an inquest heard.Richard Hardy’s body temperature was only 14°C when he was found by rescuers; normal temperature is 37°C.

09 March 2007

Police name Snowdon death-fall walker

Police have named a 60-year-old man who fell to his death from a Snowdonia ridge on Thursday.John Richard Norcross tumbled 100m from Crib Goch, the arête on the Snowdon horseshoe.

11 March 2007

Outdoors show underway in Brum

The annual Gore-Tex fest that is the Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show kicked off today at Birmingham’s NEC.Visitors to the three-day show can see previews of what they will be spending their pennies on in the coming months.

16 March 2007

New battle looms at Bannockburn

Scots are up in arms at a threat by quarrying companies to desecrate the site of a historic battle.Gillies Hill, which overlooks Bannockburn, where the famous victory of Robert the Bruce’s army over English forces took place, faces destruction by renewed quarrying.The hill was instrumental in the battle: it sheltered servants and followers of the armed forces – gillies – who were mistaken for reinforcements when they emerged from cover, and the English army was routed in its confusion.Now two companies say they will resume extracting stone from the mound and Stirling Council says it is powerless to stop them.

18 March 2007

Kilnsey climbers' path improved

The British Mountaineering Council has helped restore a climbers’ path under the imposing limestone Kilnsey Crag in the Yorkshire Dales.

18 March 2007

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