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26 October 2006

Work out how good your walk is for the earth

Obviously, as a browser of grough, you’re someone who prides themselves in their walking prowess and the fact you can get up a hill at a good pace.

17 October 2006

Ennerdale bridge is Jack's bequest

Walkers in Ennerdale now have a new bridge to cross, thanks to a bequest from an enthusiast.Bury man Jack Farraday left £5,000 in his will to the Friends of the Lake District, to which he belonged.

18 October 2006

Snowdon call-out takes rescue team to new high

Llanberis mountain rescue team has had a record-breaking year.Latest call-out for the team yesterday to a family crag-fast on Crib Goch took the rescuers’ tally over its 2005 total of 85, itself a record.A 20-man squad rescued a walker who broke her ankle on Monday.

25 October 2006

Warning for mountain marathon competitors

Organisers of this weekend’s Original Mountain Marathon in Galloway have issued the following warning to competitors: get there early.Bad weather means all parking will now be on forest roads.

26 October 2006

Blistered snout sparks foot-and-mouth fears

Lovers of the outdoors are breathing a sigh of relief after foot-and-mouth-disease tests on an Essex pig proved negative.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had closed an abattoir near Brentwood, run by Cheale Meats.

28 October 2006

47,000 web items no threat to Stagecoach boss

The hearing into a Scottish millionairess’s bid to exclude her land from the country’s right-to-roam laws resumed yesterday.Ann Gloag, the Stagecoach bus company magnate, wants to exclude the public, including walkers, runners and bikers from part of the Kinfauns Castle estate in Perthshire.Yesterday, Perth Sheriff Court heard from security analyst Andrew Ashwood who said he found 47,000 articles (should be 47,001 after this – Ed) on the Internet relating to Mrs Gloag, but none contained threats against her.

31 October 2006

Welsh police warning after wildlife shootings

Walkers in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are being asked to be on the lookout for armed trespassers.Police and park officials say there have been instances of individuals going on to private farmland in the Newport and Moylegrove areas and shooting wildlife.An authority spokesman said: "The widespread killing of vulnerable wildlife is totally unacceptable.

02 November 2006

Good news on the midge front?

And now, here is the midge forecast: there will be 30% fewer of the little pests to trouble walkers in Scotland next year.This year’s cold, prolonged spring stymied the breeding efforts of the scourge of the  Highland walker, leading to nearly a third fewer being recorded in the region and numbers in Fort William dropping to half the previous year’s.Midge expert Dr Ali Blackwell of Edinburgh set traps for the annoying little biters at 32 places across Scotland.

02 November 2006

Paddlers need better access, says canoe union

England and Wales’ 1½ million paddlers are getting a raw deal, according to the British Canoe Union (BCU).The governing body for canoeing and kayaking in Britain has cast doubts on the results of an access survey conducted by the University of Brighton which said that voluntary agreements for securing access for river users was successful.The report, commissioned by the Government quango the Environment Agency, looked at four voluntary agreements on river access and came out in favour of taking the voluntary route.

11 October 2006

The end is nigh... Oh no, it isn't

The heart swells with pride, the muscles regain their power, the spring returns to your step. You’re almost finished: 95 miles under the belt an...

17 October 2006

Sir Ranulph to tackle mountain marathon

Explorer Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, (Ran to his mates) will be among those tackling the Original Mountain Marathon this weekend.The event, formerly known as the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon, has 66 teams in the elite class.

24 October 2006

Cheddar Gorge out of bounds to climbers next month

There will be no weekday climbing in the Cheddar Gorge when a road closure is enforced next month.Rock safety work means the B3135 running through the Gorge will be shut from 2 November until 30 November.

26 October 2006

Got a wild story to tell? Get your name in print

The John Muir Trust (JMT), the campaigning body for wild places, is running a writers’ competition.Entries, up to 1,200 words long, will form part of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2007.

27 October 2006

Scots canoe tragedy victim named

Police have named a paddler who died on the River Roy on Friday.Steven Pullinger, a 49-year-old from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, was trapped when his canoe capsized and became wedged in rocks.

30 October 2006

Date set for second Scots access-row case

Sadly, grough and other lovers of the outdoors will be denied the chance to see another sheriff traipsing through a millionaire’s Scottish estate in his wellies.Stirling Sheriff Wyllie Robertson says he won’t be making a site visit in the same way his Perth counterpart Michael Fletcher did at Kinfauns.

01 November 2006

Climbers' access curbs help breeding falcons

Five peregrine falcon chicks have successfully fledged in sites in the Yorkshire Dales covered by voluntary access agreements.Clint and Gryke, the most famous pair, produced two chicks at Malham Cove, under the gaze of thousands of visitors and plenty of climbers.

02 November 2006

BMC hillwalking talk to tour country

Beginners and experienced hillwalkers can benefit from a series of talks being run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) early next year.Speakers will be Helen Barnard and Ian Brodie and topics covered will include navigation, route finding, scrambling, weather and the use of Global Positioning System devices.

11 November 2006


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