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Lakeland campers found guilty of murder conspiracy

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10 July 2007

Gloag access case: Ramblers will not appeal

The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland says it will not appeal against the court decision which banned the public from a millionaire’s land.Stagecoach bus magnate Ann Gloag, whose fortune is estimated at £400m, persuaded Sheriff Michael Fletcher to grant her an exclusion from right-to-roam laws at her Kinfauns Castle estate near Perth.

05 July 2007

Campaign continues against Welsh wind farm

Campaigners have vowed to fight on after a council approved an application to build a wind farm at a Welsh beauty spot.Carmarthenshire County Council gave the green light to plans to erect 16 wind turbines on Mynydd y Betws (Betws Mountain), near Ammanford in south Wales.

01 July 2007

Benn takes over environment as Miliband moves up

As predicted by grough, Environment Secretary David Miliband has been promoted upwards by new Prime Minister Gordon Brown.David Miliband, promoted from Environment Secretary to Foreign Secretary by Gordon Brown His successor in the hot seat is former International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, son of the elder statesman of the Left Tony Benn.

28 June 2007

Pictures from the Fellsman Hike 2007

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28 May 2007

Squirrels, chainsaws and Elgar: are you bats?

Here’s a little quiz. What links the following: Elgar, squirrels, slow motion, bats, chainsaws, eccentrics and erratics?Sounds like a Ken Russel...

19 June 2007

Julia to star in second BBC Wainwright series

Good news for aficionados of Wainwright’s guides and the recent BBC series covering some of his walks.There’s a new series on the way, which will again be fronted by Julia Bradbury, presenter of the first set of four.

16 June 2007

Lowe Alpine Marathon moves south

The annual Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon was run last weekend in the southern Highlands.Dubbed ‘the connoisseurs’ mountain marathon’, the event takes place in a different place each year.

14 June 2007

BMC open day in Peak District this Saturday

Climbers and walkers can join in a free open day this Saturday.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is holding an open day at the Roaches, on the Staffordshire side of the Peak District, where the public can see what the council is all about.There will be led climbs of what the BMC calls the hidden gems of the gritstone crags, as well as two guided walks which will centre on the landscape and wildlife of the area.

11 June 2007

Highland wood owners must open path to bikers

After recent setbacks in Scottish access hearings comes a small victory for access campaigners.The owners of a Black Isle wood have been ordered to remove obstacles that prevented bike and horse riders using a track.

10 July 2007

Lakeland charity walkers give rescuers busy weekend

Ill-equipped charity walkers have caused more headaches for rescuers this weekend.Unseasonably severe weather caught out Three Peaks Challengers tackling Scafell Pike in the Lake District with 20 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team out on England’s highest fell for more than six hours helping walkers in distress. The road in Wasdale, choked by parked vehicles of challenge participants Picture by Wasdale MRT Their rescue efforts were hampered by the numerous cars and minibuses clogging the country lane in Wasdale, making it difficult to get rescue vehicles into position.

01 July 2007

Have you seen a Scots mountain hare?

Conservationists are asking for walkers’ help in recording sightings of a rare Scottish mountain dweller.The Game Conservancy Trust wants details of numbers of mountain hares spotted while our on the hills.

28 June 2007

Pictures from the Three Peaks Race 2007

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30 April 2007

Bad-tempered swans force walkers' warnings

It’s a dangerous world out there. After last month’s news that vicious eagle owls had forced the closure of a Bowland footpath, grough has...

20 June 2007

Tragedy hits Highland love nest

Scotland’s favourite avian soap opera took a dark turn with the news of a death in the Highland love nest.Bird-brained Henry, the osprey involved in three-in-a-nest shenanigans at Loch Garten, has trampled on one of his own offspring, killing the chick.Henry has previously kicked his love rival’s eggs out of the nest, dashing them on the ground.

18 June 2007

Summit success for Everest documentary team

The team filming a recreation of Mallory and Irvine’s ill-fated 1920s Everest expedition has summited the mountain.Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding removed a ladder fixed to the Second Step, a 30m rock face just below the summit and free climbed it, using just hand and foot holds.

14 June 2007

Anger as Gloag wins access ban case

Scottish politicians say judges should be issued with new guidance after millionaire bus magnate Ann Gloag won her case to ban the public from her land.Campaigners say the ruling, by Sheriff Michael Fletcher, blows a massive hole in Scotland’s right-to-roam legislation and could lead to landowners across the country closing their estates.MSP Rosanna Cunningham, whose Perth constituency covers Mrs Gloag’s Kinfauns Castle estate from which walkers, runners and cyclists are now excluded, will raise the matter tomorrow during First Minister’s Questions in the Holyrood parliament.

14 June 2007

Foinaven falls short of magic number

All those baggers on tenterhooks can hang up their boots for a little while.It was announced this morning that Foinaven is not a Munro.

08 June 2007

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