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21 September 2007

Rescuers called out twice to Snowdonia mountain

Rescuers in north Wales were kept busy this week with two separate incidents on Tryfan.The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was called on Monday to a party of four mountaineers cragfast on the eastern side of the 915m (3,002ft) peak. The team used ropes to lower the two men and two women to safety from the Knight’s Move pitch of the hard-very-difficult rated Grooved Ârete.

03 October 2007

Park bodies get green-lane powers

National park authorities can now take action to tackle problems caused by off-road vehicles on green lanes.Previously, only highway authorities – usually county councils – could issue orders, which often led to delays and further damage to country routes.

03 October 2007

Prestatyn celebrates welcome for walkers

Prestatyn this weekend celebrated its status as the first town in Wales to gain the Walkers Are Welcome accolade.A walkers’ day, including guided rambles, workshops and stalls was opened by Roger Thomas, chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales and was address by the Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook.Hebden Bridge in the West Yorkshire Pennines was the first to gain the award, followed by Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and now the principality’s walking-friendly resort.

09 October 2007

Trespass company snaps up Nevisport business

Failed retailer Nevisport has been bought by a subsidiary of the company which owns the Trespass brand.Liquidators KPMG say 80 jobs have been saved by the takeover, which will see six Nevisport stores remaining open.

11 October 2007

Court unable to sentence Three Peaks Challenger who fell asleep at the wheel

A Three Peaks Challenge walker who caused a crash when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car may escape his sentence.Ben Nevis, which Campbell had summited before his crashNeil Campbell, of Kelty, Fife, caused serious injuries to a Cumbrian woman when he collided with the car she was in, after he had summited two of the three mountains in the event.Campbell was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

22 October 2007

Wainwright fans welcome 1,000th member

The Wainwright Society has enrolled its thousandth member.The organisation, formed to study and promote the works of The Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright, announced the milestone at its memorial lecture at the weekend.Margaret Blowey of Cheshire received a boxed set of Wainwright’s Lakeland Sketchbook series at the event at Rheged, near Penrith.

25 October 2007

Boy dies after Snowdon fall

A schoolboy died after a fall from a ridge in Snowdonia yesterday.The 11-year-old, from Liverpool, fell 60m from Crib y Ddysgl on the Snowdon horseshoe.

27 October 2007

Three walkers rescued from Tryfan

Three walkers were lowered to safety by rescuers who found them clinging to a Snowdonia rock face.The trio – two women from Hendon, north London and a man from Bedford – were cragfast on Tryfan’s western face.

12 November 2007

Border project aims to halt raptor conflict

A pioneering project has been set up in the Scottish Borders to try to end the conflict between conservationists and grouse-shooting interests.This move follows cases of poisoning of birds of prey which led to fingers being pointed at shooting interests.

22 September 2007

New boss for Dartmoor authority

Dartmoor’s new chief executive is a keen walker and mountain biker.Kevin Bishop, who took up the post with the national park authority on Monday, was formerly director of environment and regeneration with the Welsh Local Government Association.Dr Bishop has a PhD in land management and a degree in geography.

03 October 2007

Celebrations mark Wolds Way anniversary

Ramblers gathered this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of England’s lesser-known national trails.The Yorkshire Wolds Way runs for 79 miles (127km) from the north shore of the Humber at Hessle to Filey Brigg on the North Yorkshire Coast.

04 October 2007

Stores close as Nevisport calls in receivers

Nevisport, the Fort William-based outdoor retailer, has called in receivers and closed five of its 12 stores across the UK.91 people’s jobs are uncertain as liquidators search for buyers for the company.

10 October 2007

West Highland Way: our view from the glens

The West Highland Way, Scotland’s first long-distance trail, has been open now for 27 years, so grough thought it was high time we tried it out.The 95-mile long-distance path runs from the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William.

21 October 2007

Bothy closed on Highland estate planned as home for wolves

A bothy on a controversial estate in northern Scotland is to close from next month.The Alladale bothy stands on land owned by millionaire Paul Lister, who says he wants to introduce wolves to the 23,000-acre ‘wilderness reserve’ near Croich, north-west of Tain.

23 October 2007

New inquiry will look at setting up South Downs National Park

The Government has announced the reopening of the inquiry into the proposed national park in the South Downs.It is the latest development in the longest running saga of any of the national parks in Britain.

26 October 2007

Snowdon walker dies after suspected heart attack

A walker died on Snowdon after suffering a suspected heart attack.Rescuers from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the aid of the West Midlands man, who was on the Pyg Track below the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit.An RAF helicopter was used in the rescue to lift some of the MRT members to just below the cloud base at about 395m (1,300ft), from where they made their way on foot to the walker, believed to be in his fifties.

11 November 2007

Search called off as Lakeland walker found safe

A search by two Lake District mountain rescue teams was called off when an overdue walker was found safe and well.The 72-year-old man had gone walking around Angle Tarn above Patterdale and was reported missing to the police two hours after he was due to return to his car.

12 July 2008

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