New enthusiasts will be offered skills courses in walking the hills from next month, and a new leadership award for lowland countryside will be launched.
This year turned out to be as eventful as ever, with the triumphs of Kenton Cool's amazing Everest Three Peaks and other super-fit athletes' record-breaking feats countered by deaths and injuries in the outdoors, our constant reminder that there is no escaping the risks we face whenever we pull on our boots and waterproofs.
Recent changes to rights of way in the Peak District have got mountain bikers hot under the helmet. Here, in his opinion piece, writer, climbe...
Tom Weir was one of Scotland’s enduring outdoor characters, producing the My Month feature in the Scots Magazine and then presenting Weir’s Way on television.
Wainwright’s Way Nick Burton In death, possibly even more than in his life, Alfred Wainwright’s influence on the outdoors endures, with acolytes of the taciturn treasurer dissecting and analysing the author in new ways every year.
The prolonged winter must clearly troubled the organisers of the Fellsman, the gruelling 98km (61-mile) challenge that sees hundreds of runners and walkers attempting to complete a large horseshoe route in the Yorkshire Dales.
We’re used to hearing glib snippets of home-spun philosophy from many who should know better. I would suggest anyone seeking a real insight into ...
The Munros; a Walkhighlands Guide Paul and Helen Webster This chunky little guidebook opens with a seemingly contentious statement: “Look beneath the waterproofs of any keen hillwalker in Scotland and, once past the midge bites, it’s likely you will find a Munro-bagger.” Hang on, I thought.
The Outdoors Show is the annual gearfest and showcase for walking, climbing and biking enthusiasts. The show, in London’s Docklands, is now combi...
The South Pennines are sandwiched between two national parks, the Peak District to the South and the Yorkshire Dales to the North, and could be viewed as the poor relation in this Pennine triumvirate.
The boss of one of the outdoor industry’s best known brands has warned that companies face a storm of adverse publicity over chemicals used in waterproofing clothing.
The death zone is generally held to start about 8,000m up, where the atmosphere is so thin, the protection from solar radiation so sparse, that each hour spent there means you die a little.
The only Briton to have made it to the summit of the world’s 14 highest mountains is close to realising a long-term project: a photographic account of all his 8,000m ascents.
The UK has a plethora of hill lists for walkers to bag: munros, hewitts, deweys, humps and tumps. And now, there’s a new list to aim for: the Ped...
Hillbaggers who think they have summited all England’s mountains will have to think again. A new 2,000-footer will join the list of hills topping...
A slim booklet produced to help mountain leader candidates 44 years ago evolved into an outdoors bible.
A 40-year-old ‘veteran’ runner has become the first to complete the gruelling Ramsay Round in Lochaber in winter in less than 24 hours.
Our rearward glance at a news-packed 2012 includes, as always, tragedy as well as uplifting stories of the great outdoors, and a few oddities.