Fell lover's bequest helps Lakeland paths repairs

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11 December 2007

Poo chute in place for Cairn Gorm mountaineers

We’ve all seen the dog-dirt bins in parks, placed to try to keep the areas clear of unpleasant waste.Well, now there’s a human version: the poo chute.

22 November 2007

Naked Rambler Gough jailed for contempt

Naked rambler Stephen Gough is back behind bars after a sheriff jailed him for contempt of court.The controversial walker refused to wear clothes for the hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was kept in the cells while the verdict was delivered.

01 December 2007

'Irresponsible' climbers rescued from sea cliffs

There’s more flak flying from rescuers – this time aimed at ‘irresponsible’ climbers who had to be plucked from a sea cliff.Coastguard rescue teams were called to two men in their 20s who had gone climbing at night, without waterproofs, in high winds.

06 December 2007

Camping canoeists were unaware of massive search

A squad of 20 coastguards, five police officers and numerous local volunteers spent hours looking for two canoeists who were feared lost – but were actually safely camped on a Scottish island.The search was called off after the pair, from Leeds, were spotted in the early hours on Innis Chonnell, on Loch Awe, south-east of Oban.

11 December 2007

Bid for Welsh mountains' beauty status

They have been described as the forgotten mountains of Wales, overshadowed by their big brothers in Snowdonia and their popular cousins in the Beacons.Now, the Cambrian Mountains could be in for a boost, if campaign groups have their way.

18 December 2007

Man dies after collapse on Lakes fell

A 64-year-old walker collapsed and died on a Lakeland fell.The man was walking with his wife when he slumped to the ground on Little Castle How, between Great Langdale and Easedale.

21 December 2007

Climbers reject Lakes hostel plan

Climbers have given the thumbs-down to plans to buy a disused youth hostel in the Lake District.The Climbers’ Club committee had wanted to set up a hut on the site of the former hostel at Stannah Cross, at the southern end of St John’s in the Vale, near Thirlmere.

23 December 2007

Floods close main road into Lakes

Heavy rain has affected much of the Lake District and police are warning visitors to take care on the region’s roads.Torrential downpours overnight led to the closing of the main route into the Lakes, the A591 northbound at Brettargh Holt, south of Kendal, because it was impassable due to flooding.

28 December 2007

Six-year-old claims Wainwright record

Followers of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker say they will wait for evidence before accepting the claim of the youngest ever completer of Wainwright’s 214 Lakeland peaks.Six-year-old Ben Fleetwood of Selside, Kendal, claims to have conquered every fell covered in Alfred Wainwright’s acclaimed Pictorial Guides – that’s a total of 135,000ft (41,150m) of ascent, more than 4½ Everests.Tarn Crag, Ben's final conquest If confirmed, it will make Ben the youngest to have successfully tackled all the Wainwrights.

14 November 2007

Row erupts over Henley path closure

Henley: straw boaters, the regatta, Boris Johnson and… er, Liam Gallagher.It has everything quintessential to the English countryside, including its illustrious inhabitants, charming Oxfordshire riparian walks and, that essential British ingredient: a bit of aggro.Kate Ashbrook: 'council is charging ahead'There’s a row brewing in the Thames-side town between the organisers of its festival, a black-tie bonanza for culture vultures which has the heavy scent of corporate and clubby privilege, and the Open Spaces Society, which represents those who would rather don Gore-tex or Paramo for a stroll along public footpaths and which, coincidentally, has its headquarters in Henley.

30 November 2007

Council agrees to talks on Henley path closure

Footpath campaigners have welcomed the announcement of talks on a controversial path closure.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) had urged Wokingham Council to delay the approval of the temporary stopping up of a national trail to allow a black-tie arts festival.Henley Festival had asked for a 145-hour closure of the Thames Path, where it passes through the town, to allow its annual society bash to take place.

01 December 2007

Caver dies after Peak pothole rescue

A major operation was unable to save the life of a Peak District climber at the weekend.The 50-year-old man, from Rotherham, was rescued from the foot of Garland’s Pot in Giant’s Hole, one mile west of Winnats Pass near Castleton.

07 December 2007

Rescue teams in action over weekend

A south-coast climber was winched to a coastguard helicopter after becoming cragfast today.The 20-year-old man became stuck on a route 30m (100ft) above the sea at Anvil Point, Purbeck, Dorset.

17 December 2007

Guided walks in Dales programme

Park authorities in the Yorkshire Dales have released details of activities in the area for the first half of next year.The programme includes plenty of guided walks in the national park, with themes ranging from herb and wild food identification to early morning birdspotting.Activities start in February, with the walking sessions beginning a month later with an open access land route around Cotterdale.

19 December 2007

Rheged mountain exhibition shuts as numbers dwindle

The National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged, Cumbria, will close for good tomorrow, Christmas Eve.The museum’s owners failed to find funding for a cash injection for the exhibition, which has seen visitor numbers dwindle.

23 December 2007

Peak teams rescue injured Kinder walker

Two mountain rescue teams came to the aid of a walker who slipped on ice on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.The 52-year-old injured his spine and pelvis in the fall above Jacob’s Ladder, on the Pennine Way on Friday.

24 December 2007

Hypothermic walker among trio rescued from Snowdon

Three people were rescued from Snowdon after getting into trouble on the Pyg track.One of the three, who were all medical students from London, was evacuated by stretcher with hypothermia before being taken to the Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.Twenty members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were involved in the operation, which took more than four hours.

28 December 2007


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