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22 September 2006

Three Peaks cyclo-cross race this Sunday

This weekend sees the 45th annual Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race in Yorkshire. Last year’s winner Rob Jebb will be defending his title – one...

20 September 2006

Everest volunteers needed - do you fit the bill?

Doctors are looking for volunteers willing to help high-level medical research – at Everest base camp.The medical team is searching for 208 fit recruits to join in the 23-day experiment at the 5,300m camp early in 2007.

15 August 2006

Cash offered to adventurers following in Bill's footsteps

Conservation body the John Muir Trust (JMT) has set up a memorial fund to help those undertaking a venture which involves travel to wild places, is adventurous, of educational or scientific significance – and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.That’s no small task, but if you think you’re up for it, it may be worth applying for a Go – And Do It.

10 September 2006

Ramblers Association in footpath court battle

The Ramblers Association (RA), guardian of the right to continue to wear your walking breeches tucked inside your socks, is fighting an important legal case that could have implications for all those who love the outdoors.It’s all a bit legalistic, as the law tends to be, but basically, landowners were given the right in a High Court case in 1999 to claim there was no right of way under the ‘20-years’ use’ rule if they had a scrap of paper telling their gamekeeper to boot off the great unwashed, even if said gamekeeper never followed the instruction.

29 May 2006

Rob's mission is no rubbish idea

Keep your eyes and ears open for an emerging new British superstar. This one’s not a reject from The X Factor or a monosyllabic egotist from Big...

05 September 2006

New maps issued for Scottish Explorers

The Ordnance Survey (OS) has issued updated Explorer maps for two areas of Scotland.The 1:25,000-scale maps cover Stranraer, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Dumfries and a further area in the East including Edinburgh, Dunbar, North Berwick and the Lammermuir Hills.Maps come off the Ordnance Survey's printing press (left)22 maps have been revised and are on sale at £7.49 for unlaminated versions, at the usual outlets as well as from the OS website. .

05 September 2006

Season's greetings! Now get your boots on

It’s September, and with our local supermarket stocking up on Christmas crackers and New Berry Fruits, grough’s thoughts turn to the season of goodwill, fairy lights and the smell of dropped pine needles that cover our grough living room.Well, they do now that the National Trust has released details of its Christmas guided walks.

05 September 2006

Record numbers see Dales celebrity family

More than 28,000 people were able to observe the Yorkshire Dales’ most famous family this summer.The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has just reported that 3,500 schoolchildren were among the record-breaking number of people who took advantage of the project set up to view a pair of breeding peregrine falcons at Malham Cove, the sweeping 80-metre-high limestone crag that has been home to the raptors for the last few years.Peregrine falcon Clint (left) in flight.

07 September 2006

Everest teens to tackle pole-to-pole trek

Britain’s two youngest Everest summiteers now plan to go pole to pole.Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper will tackle the route from the North Pole to the South Pole without using motorised transport en route.The two 19-year-olds, who in May this year became the youngest Britons to get to the highest point on earth, are now planning the 17,000-mile trip ski-ing, walking, cycling and sailing the length of the globe, via north and south America and finally to Antarctica.They hope to ski from the North Pole to the edge of the ice pack, where they will use an ice-breaker yacht to reach Newfoundland.

22 September 2006

Mountain leader meeting for Wales

The fledgling Mountain Leader Training Association (MLTA) will hold its conference this November in Wales.It’s a chance to share their knowledge and discuss latest developments in leading in the mountains.

19 September 2006

Peak District research centre will aid moorland study

An eco-friendly moorland visitor centre will open in the Peak District next month.The Moorland Visitor Centre will also house a research centre for moorland issues, with a library for specialist study into the eco-system of the moors in the Peak.The visitor centre will be opened by the Duke of Devonshire on 14 September.

16 August 2006

Rescue team says charity walkers are ill-prepared

Inexperienced charity walkers are putting lives at risk by venturing on to the Cumbrian mountains without the skill and knowledge they need.Mountain rescue teams are being called out to help parties taking part in the Thee Peaks Challenge who ring them when they encounter difficulties.

08 September 2006

Welsh highpoint will have Portuguese roof

In years to come, when you’ve huffed and puffed your way up the Pyg track, or joined the quaking queues on Crib Goch, you’ll be reassured to know that the highest point in England Wales will be forever… Portuguese.The folly that is the project to build a visitor centre on the top of Snowdon took a surreal turn with the news that its roof will be slated with stone brought all the way from Portugal.Right: artist's impression of the new Snowdon summit visitor centreYou might think, as your soles crush another mound of finest Welsh slate, that there would be enough stone around the summit to do the job with locally found stuff.

08 September 2006

Can you make coffee and quote access law?

Wanted: competent person who doesn’t mind being pestered and can put up with unreasonable demands.

05 September 2006

Yorkshire Dales autumn activities begin tomorrow

With summer becoming a rapidly fading memory, visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered a range of activities to entice them into the area this autumn.There are chances to learn about the upland birds of the area, brush up your digital photography skills or, if you’re that way inclined, learn how to make jam.There are also guided walks in various parts of the park area, including Garsdale, Wharfedale and Mossdale.

05 September 2006

Still time to enter mountain-rescue challenge

A late reminder comes from the organisers of the Nine Edges Endurance, which takes place a week on Sunday.The 20-mile-long event in the Peak District is a fundraiser for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team’s £150,000 appeal for a new base in Hope (see previous grough story).So far, the Dark Peak Fellrunners have pledged to get a large contingent into the event, which starts at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire and ends at a pub near Baslow.

07 September 2006

Skye mountaineers' memorial may cost ??m

While the guardians of Ben Nevis propose to remove virtually all memorials on the British Isles’ highest mountain, a group on Skye wants to erect one to two pioneers of climbing.The voluntary group wants to erect a sculpture of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie and is trying to raise funds for the project.Conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) is backing the idea, which aims to have the 1.5-times life-size bronze statue erected at Sligachan on the island.The organisers of the appeal also want four unsightly electric poles moved to improve the environment around the site.

25 August 2006

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