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11 June 2007

Farms open across Britain this Sunday

Farmers will be throwing open their gates this weekend to show what goes on behind the cowsheds and haybarns.Open Farm Sunday involves agricultural concerns across Great Britain ranging from smallholdings to colleges and members of the public can get a close-up view of animals as diverse as alpacas and reindeer.Drystone walling demonstrations, milking, animal husbandry and harvesting will all be on view at selected farms.

07 June 2007

Flashers on the fells: when to call the police

Langdale-Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team has issued some friendly advice following an abortive call-out.The team was alerted by a call from Great Langdale’s National Trust website – which seems to be gaining a notoriety as the source of grief for rescue teams – which reported flashing lights on the crag above the dale.Investigations by the rescue team revealed only a few climbers packing up their gear after a session on Raven Crag.

14 June 2007

Open up coast, Ramblers tell new PM

Tomorrow, the Government will use possibly the most famous stretch of England’s coast to launch a massive consultation on the next step in opening up the countryside to walkers.Environment Secretary David Miliband (pictured left) will open coastal access discussions at the White Cliffs of Dover visitor centre – and campaigners are calling on Prime Minster designate Gordon Brown to open up England’s coastline.The Ramblers’ Association (RA) says the new Prime Minister should make coastal access his first gift to the nation when he takes over from outgoing premier Tony Blair.

18 June 2007

Wainwright film crew spotted on Pillar

grough’s eyes and ears on the fells tell us one of Mosedale’s most famous peaks will feature in the next series of Wainwright’s Walks.Julia Bradbury and her crew were spotted filming on Pillar, so we can look forward to seeing her conquer the peak described by the Grumpy Old Fellwalker as having one of the Lakeland names most likely to fire the imagination of youthful adventurers.Julia Bradbury on Scafell Pike during filming of the first series of Wainwright's Walks The mountain’s 892m height puts it just below the 3,000 footers.

18 June 2007

Chinese to start building road to Everest

Everest’s remote position will soon be a thing of the past after China’s state news agency announced the regime will next week start surfacing the unmade road to base camp on the Tibetan side.The scheme, part of the preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games, involves asphalting more than 100km (62miles) of track in order to accommodate the Olympic torch party, which plans to summit Everest en route.Conservationists fear the move will lead to a rush of tourists to the northern base camp which previously was the preserve of mountaineers and determined trekkers.

19 June 2007

Law Lords back Ramblers in footpaths case

England’s Law Lords have overturned a ruling that allowed landowners to close footpaths in an underhand way.The Ramblers’ Association (RA) successfully appealed against a decision which meant that owners could claim a footpath was not public even if no signs or barriers had been erected to warn walkers.

21 June 2007

Clear footpath or we'll see you in court, council told

A campaign group is threatening a London council with court action for failing to make sure a footpath is reopened.The Open Spaces Society says the footpath, across Northwick Park golf course, has been illegally blocked.

02 July 2007

Show washout puts damper on rescue team's new building

A rescue team in Yorkshire has had to ditch plans for a new building after torrential rain washed out one of its main fund-raising events.The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO), based at Clapham, aids both potholers and fellwalkers in the West of the Yorkshire Dales and parts of Cumbria.

03 July 2007

Walkers urged to be on lookout after poisoning case

Walkers are being asked to be on the alert for wildlife poisoning after a Scottish gamekeeper was found guilty of setting carcasses laced with poison to attract birds of prey.George Aitken of Lauder, in the Borders, was sentenced by Selkirk Sheriff Court to 220 hours of community service for the offences, which he admitted.

06 June 2007

Climbers attempt Everest the Mallory way

Tomorrow sees the final push for the team attempting to recreate the historic attempt on Everest by George Mallory and Sandy Irving.

07 June 2007

Salmond: wait and see on access reform

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Parliament must wait for the outcome of pending legal processes before considering whether the country’s right-to-roam laws need reforming.He was speaking following the successful appeal of Stagecoach millionaire Ann Gloag against an order to open land to the public at her £4m Kinfauns Castle estate.

15 June 2007

Tryfan fall victim died in wife's arms

It was revealed that a 32-year-old Oxford man who died after a fall on Tryfan in north Wales passed away in the arms of his wife.Jennifer Parratt said her husband Christopher died doing something he loved.

18 June 2007

Defeat for plans for village hall on common

The Government has told a group it can’t build a village hall on Herefordshire common land.The Environment Secretary’s decision follows a public inquiry into plans to build a new hall on Garway Common.

18 June 2007

Campaigners launch Vixen Tor access survey

In a week when Defra launched its three-month consultation on coastal access, there is still unresolved business inland.Vixen Tor, the Dartmoor crag from which the public is excluded following a ruling under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act, is the centre of a campaign backed by both the Ramblers’ Association (RA) and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).The RA wants to hear from anyone who accessed the site before 2003, when its present owners bought the land and put up fences and keep-out signs.

20 June 2007

MPs say: 'Give walkers more information on right-to-roam'

Walkers are being put off using access land because information on right-to-roam areas is hard to come by.That’s the verdict of a committee of MPs looking into how the countryside of England and Wales was opened up following the passing of access laws.

21 June 2007

More mountain TV treats on the way

Hot on the heels of Julia Bradbury’s mountain homage to the Grumpy Old Fellwalker comes a new series devoted to Britain’s uplands.Comedian Griff Rhys Jones will present the five-part travelogue visiting mountains and fells across the country.

03 July 2007

Dales walks will explore access areas

Walkers are being encouraged to use access land in the Yorkshire Dales with a series of guided walks.The national park authority is staging free accompanied outings in different areas of the Dales.

03 July 2007


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