West Highland Way: our view from the glens

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21 October 2007

Stores close as Nevisport calls in receivers

Nevisport, the Fort William-based outdoor retailer, has called in receivers and closed five of its 12 stores across the UK.91 people’s jobs are uncertain as liquidators search for buyers for the company.

10 October 2007

Court unable to sentence Three Peaks Challenger who fell asleep at the wheel

A Three Peaks Challenge walker who caused a crash when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car may escape his sentence.Ben Nevis, which Campbell had summited before his crashNeil Campbell, of Kelty, Fife, caused serious injuries to a Cumbrian woman when he collided with the car she was in, after he had summited two of the three mountains in the event.Campbell was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

22 October 2007

Wainwright fans welcome 1,000th member

The Wainwright Society has enrolled its thousandth member.The organisation, formed to study and promote the works of The Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright, announced the milestone at its memorial lecture at the weekend.Margaret Blowey of Cheshire received a boxed set of Wainwright’s Lakeland Sketchbook series at the event at Rheged, near Penrith.

25 October 2007

Boy dies after Snowdon fall

A schoolboy died after a fall from a ridge in Snowdonia yesterday.The 11-year-old, from Liverpool, fell 60m from Crib y Ddysgl on the Snowdon horseshoe.

27 October 2007

Three walkers rescued from Tryfan

Three walkers were lowered to safety by rescuers who found them clinging to a Snowdonia rock face.The trio – two women from Hendon, north London and a man from Bedford – were cragfast on Tryfan’s western face.

12 November 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

Prestatyn celebrates welcome for walkers

Prestatyn this weekend celebrated its status as the first town in Wales to gain the Walkers Are Welcome accolade.A walkers’ day, including guided rambles, workshops and stalls was opened by Roger Thomas, chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales and was address by the Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook.Hebden Bridge in the West Yorkshire Pennines was the first to gain the award, followed by Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and now the principality’s walking-friendly resort.

09 October 2007

Trespass company snaps up Nevisport business

Failed retailer Nevisport has been bought by a subsidiary of the company which owns the Trespass brand.Liquidators KPMG say 80 jobs have been saved by the takeover, which will see six Nevisport stores remaining open.

11 October 2007

Bothy closed on Highland estate planned as home for wolves

A bothy on a controversial estate in northern Scotland is to close from next month.The Alladale bothy stands on land owned by millionaire Paul Lister, who says he wants to introduce wolves to the 23,000-acre ‘wilderness reserve’ near Croich, north-west of Tain.

23 October 2007

New inquiry will look at setting up South Downs National Park

The Government has announced the reopening of the inquiry into the proposed national park in the South Downs.It is the latest development in the longest running saga of any of the national parks in Britain.

26 October 2007

Snowdon walker dies after suspected heart attack

A walker died on Snowdon after suffering a suspected heart attack.Rescuers from the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the aid of the West Midlands man, who was on the Pyg Track below the 1,085m (3,560ft) summit.An RAF helicopter was used in the rescue to lift some of the MRT members to just below the cloud base at about 395m (1,300ft), from where they made their way on foot to the walker, believed to be in his fifties.

11 November 2007

Search called off as Lakeland walker found safe

A search by two Lake District mountain rescue teams was called off when an overdue walker was found safe and well.The 72-year-old man had gone walking around Angle Tarn above Patterdale and was reported missing to the police two hours after he was due to return to his car.

12 July 2008

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


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