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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

Vicki leads quest for Tom Weir tribute

grough is old enough to remember when a petition was something thrust under your nose as you tried to fight your way through the crowds intent on spending their money in the High Street on a Saturday afternoon.Well, not anymore.

17 November 2006

Walker's body found in Lake District

The body of a missing walker was found by Lake District search teams yesterday. His faithful dog was keeping vigil at his side when rescuers found him...

24 November 2006

Free Yorkshire Dales guide for youngsters

A national park is trying to tempt young people to sample its attractions.The Yorkshire Dales authority has produced a booklet detailing the best way of getting around the area either under their own steam or with others.Left, Ribblehead viaduct and IngleboroughThe free publication, What Are You Doing This Weekend.

27 November 2006

Kinfauns: life would be madness without fence

It would be ‘madness’ living in Kinfauns Castle without its controversial perimeter fence.That’s the view of Stagecoach millionairess Ann Gloag’s husband David McCleary, who said there had recently been a foiled attempt to steal treasures from the Perthshire mansion.Businessman Mr McCleary was giving evidence in the resumed hearing into Mrs Gloag’s attempt to exclude the public from her estate under Scotland’s right-to-roam legislation.

28 November 2006

Trust will run winter skills course

There’s another chance to upgrade your winter skills next year, thanks to a trust which runs in memory of a climber who died on the Matterhorn.The Jonathan Conville Memorial Trust, named after a 27-year-old Outward Bound instructor who perished 26 years ago, is offering the chance of a one-day course in the Lake District for a bargain price.Above: winter skils, moving on steep snowTwo courses are being run on consecutive days, 2 and 3 March next year, based at Borrowdale Youth Club.

01 December 2006

Survey reveals typical park visitor

Here at grough, we love statistics. OK, maybe not: it was Mark Twain, or possibly Benjamin Disraeli who said: “There are three kinds of lies: li...

05 December 2006

Snowdon summit building to be named today

Today is the momentous day when we shall all learn the name for the new Snowdon summit café.The Snowdonia National Park Authority is in the midst of demolishing the old Sir Clough Williams-Ellis-designed concrete bunker – once described by the Prince of Wales as Britain’s highest slum – to be replaced by a brand-new ‘visitor centre’.The National Park's Llinos Angharad said: “We're looking for something short, something quite catchy, something that would be easily remembered by everyone and also something that everybody can say.” grough hasn’t tested this on its younger staff, but how about: syphilis; or gonorrhoea.

13 December 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

Stay away from Wicken Stones, pleads BMC

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is asking climbers not to exacerbate problems at a Staffordshire crag.The owner of the ERF rocks, also known as the Wicken Stones, is denying access to the site, which is on private land.

17 November 2006

Youngest fellwaker completes Wainwrights

A nine-year-old Cub is claiming the title of the youngest walker to bag all the Wainwright peaks.Jordan Ross took five years to conquer all 214 of the hills in Alfred Wainwright’s guides to the Lakeland Fells.

18 November 2006

Sea eagle numbers soar to new record

A Scottish conservation group is celebrating a record year for sea eagles, with 29 young birds being raised in the Western Isles.Mull tops the table with ten flegling chicks, while Skye has seen three hatch, although unseasonally bad weather caused the death of one of them.One breeding pair on Skye had three chicks, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland – a very unusual feat.

24 November 2006

Man dies in Snowdonia fall

A hillwalker died yesterday after falling from a ridge in Snowdonia.The 46-year-old man fell from Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd, near Beddgelert forest.

28 November 2006

Wanted: climber with sign language skills

Mountain guide Alan Kimber is looking for an unusually qualified winter mountaineer. Alan, who runs West Coast Mountain Guides from his Fort William b...

30 November 2006

Snowdon rescuers use phone to find walker

Mountain rescuers are resourceful, with a battery of equipment and techniques to find and help those of us in need on the fells.A Welsh team has probably just added a new method to the manual.

05 December 2006

Mountain weather service will continue

It looks as though the storm over the future the respected Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) has blown over.Both the voluntary-run MWIS and the official Met Office mountain-weather service will continue, following a meeting of the two organisations with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) last Friday.There had been fears that Geoff Monk’s MWIS would cease providing its current forecasts if the Met Office stepped in.

13 December 2006

Problems for climbers on Eagle Tor

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is warning climbers of access difficulties on a Peak crag.The owners of Eagle Tor, near Birchover in Derbyshire, have expressed concerns about the safety of their children playing in the area of the crag while climbers are on the rock.They also say human excrement and other litter have been found in the area.

15 December 2006


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