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05 April 2007

No return to speeding on Windermere

Windermere’s speed limit will stay, authorities have decided.The controversial 10mph restriction, imposed two years ago, was challenged by a pressure group which wanted to use high-powered craft on the lake.The Keep Windermere Alive Association is hoping to overturn the limit and in the meantime had asked the Lake District National Park Authority to look at a ‘managed solution’ allowing jet skis, power boats and water skiers back on the water in some areas at certain times.But the national park authority has been advised there is no legal basis for the challenge and said the managed solution would be too bureaucratic and unworkable.

26 March 2007

Burbage rescue for Sheffield mayor

Edale Mountain Rescue Team came to the rescue of a distinguished casualty yesterday.The Peak District team was called upon to rescue the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Jackie Drayton, from the moors in the Burbage Edge area.Cllr Drayton agreed to act as a casualty during one of the team’s regular training exercises.  She was carried by stretcher by members of the 26-strong squad.

27 March 2007

Law on mountain locators a step closer

Climbers in an American state could be forced to carry radio locators when on mountains.Legislators in Oregon have approved the first stage of a law which would make it a legal obligation to have a mobile phone and a locator of some sort when climbing on the state’s mountains.This follows a rescue last month when three climbers and a dog were rescued from the 3,429m (11,249ft) Mount Hood after they used a locator which led search parties to them.

29 March 2007

Water company starts charging for access land

An English water company has started charging commercial bodies for using its right-to-roam land.United Utilities, which owns 142,000 acres of land in north-west England, the largest UK holder of land for water catchment, began its charging regime at the beginning of this month.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and Mountain Leader Training England met with managers from United Utilities, owners of land from the Lake District National Park down to the Forest of Bowland.

08 April 2007

3,000ft charity challenge this summer

A charity is hoping to put walkers on the top of every 3,000ft mountain in the British Isles this summer.WaterAid hopes to get a sponsored team on every one of the 303 peaks topping the magic 3,000ft mark on a date in June.The charity aims to raise cash to help the world’s poorest people get a supply of clean water and in doing so break the record for having someone simultaneously on each of the peaks in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

09 April 2007

Camera obscura for Cairn Gorm

Cairngorms tourists will be in the dark following a decision of the National Park Authority.Planners have approved a plan for a camera obscura above the Coire Cas car park, enabling visitors to get a new view of the area.The chamber will be in the existing garden area in a 19m tunnel.

11 April 2007

Walker survives Highland mountain fall

A hillwalker was injured in a fall on a Highland mountain at the weekend.Glencoe Mountain Rescue team was called out on Sunday when the woman, who was walking with a group on Meal Lighiche, south of Ballachulish, tumbled 150 feet after a rock gave way under her.She suffered a broken arm, head injures and multiple bruising in the accident.

16 April 2007

Osprey love triangle brings egg despair

Ospreys, those large, fish-eating birds of prey that visit our shores during the summer months, seem to be making all the news at the moment.There’s an osprey soap opera n full swing in the Highlands, involving a love triangle, murder and infidelity.Bird experts at the Loch Garten Osprey Centre watched with baited breath as a returning male bird found his former mate sitting on a clutch of eggs sired by a love rival.

25 April 2007

Tori's Welsh Everest record bid

A Welsh woman is aiming to be the youngest female Briton to scale Everest.Tori James has already conquered Cho Oyu, the sixth highest peak and has set her sights on the world’s tallest.The 25-year old, from Pembrokeshire, has also reached the North Pole and this year  summited Kilimanjaro.

26 March 2007

Lakeland wardens build new homes for migrants

Rangers in the Lake District are busy constructing new homes to attract visitors.But instead of bricks and mortar, these homes are made from wire mesh, timber, moss and twigs.

27 March 2007

Scots festival has everything from toads to kayaks

The daddy of all festivals starts at the end of next month when the Scottish Outdoor Access Festival hits the hills with over a week of events.There are more than 270 events planned, and they’re happening all over Scotland.

27 March 2007

Walker dies on Sutherland mountain

A walker died on a northern Scottish mountain at the weekend.Northern Constabulary have not yet named the man, believed to be in his 60s, who died while on Foinaven in Sutherland.A call for help was received shortly after noon on Sunday and a coastguard helicopter from Stornoway attended the incident.

03 April 2007

grough: site problems

Our apologies go to all those loyal grough readers who had trouble accessing site earlier today.This was caused by the total failure of the server which hosts the site.

08 April 2007

Paddler rescued during busy Scottish weekend

Scottish rescuers were kept busy at the weekend with a spate of incidents.The most dramatic rescue happened after a kayaker overturned on the River Findhorn in Moray.Rachel Walker, a paddler from Liverpool, received head and neck injuries in an inaccessible gorge between Randolph's Leap and the Mains of Sluie.

10 April 2007

Wainwright baggers just get younger

A seven-year-old Cumbrian girl has beaten her sister’s former record to become the youngest to climb all the Wainwright fells.An ascent of Scafell on Easter Sunday took Kerry Regan into the record books at the age of seven years, nine months, beating the existing holder Jordan Ross who completed all 214 Lakeland peaks aged nine years seven months.Kerry’s older sister Ellen took the title in March 2006 when she was nine years ten months, but this lasted only seven months until Jordan, of Macclesfield, summited Castle Crag in Borrowdale.

12 April 2007

New bus services to tempt Dales visitors

Authorities in the Yorkshire Dales are encouraging visitors to use public transport to cut down pollution.Two new bus services will run from outside the national park, linking with trains and tying in with a series of guided walks.The Cravenlink bus will connect with trains from Ilkley and Skipton stations and will run into Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale.

25 April 2007

Everest hero Hillary in hospital after fall

Sir Edmund Hillary who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Everest, is recovering in New Zealand after a fall.The 87-year-old, who has continued to campaign for the Nepalese people, was admitted to an Auckland hospital on Sunday following his tumble after returning from the Himalayan state.His wife, Lady June Hillary, said he is in a comfortable condition and improving.

25 April 2007


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