Blood, sweat and fears: the Three Peaks goes world-class

It is doubtful the quiet Yorkshire Dales village of Horton in Ribblesdale had ever seen anything like it..

28 April 2008

Should we be able to use distress beacons in Britain's hills?

You’re on a remote Munro. The wind whips up and before you know it, you’re swept off your feet and find yourself tumbling down a steep dro...

21 January 2008

Try Caving? We did, and we loved it

How do you get your fun? Does the prospect of spending a couple of hours crawling on hands and knees through freezing cold water sound enticing?Or squ...

25 November 2007

Ticks: How to avoid and remove the biters

Ticks are nasty little biting insects that resemble small spiders. It's important to remove them properly to avoid leaving parts of them in your b...

19 August 2006

Behind the labels: ethics in the outdoors industry

Row after row of shiny new waterproofs, pristine fleeces and softshells; rucksacks with high-tech materials to shave the last few grams from the scales, boots to suit every type of terrain from frozen waterfall to blistering sand.

02 March 2007

Kinder 75 years on: their fight, our freedom

Take a stroll today through the quiet Derbyshire town of Hayfield and you’ll get a sense of understated affluence.There are no obvious grand country houses, no palatial mansions.

18 April 2007

High drama: one woman's Xtreme Everest experience

Earlier this year, a small team of climbers made it to the top of Mount Everest. What marked them out from the crowds of summiteers was that they had ...

08 October 2007

grough goes geocaching in search of Dales treasure

Alfred Wainwright said that every walk should have a goal. He also said: “This is a place only for men with hair on their chests”, so that...

05 November 2006

Ticks: how to avoid and remove the biters

Ticks are nasty little biting insects that resemble small spiders. It's important to remove them properly to avoid leaving parts of them in your b...

19 August 2006

Mountain rescue campaign aims to educate walkers

Britain has a proud tradition of mountain and fell rescue, free of charge and professionally delivered – yet provided by unpaid volunteers.A mountain rescue team at work in the Lake District That could change.

16 December 2007

The West Highland Way: 95 miles of pain, pleasure, plasters and pasties

The walker setting forth on the West Highland Way is embarking on a trip through history. Not only will his or her route pass through scenes of bloody...

20 October 2007

Going underground: Gaping Gill by winch

Thousands of walkers must every year teeter with a mixture of vertigo and lurid imagination near the lip of Yorkshire’s most famous open chasm and wonder what wonders – or horrors – it holds.Gaping Gill's main chamber (above) during this year's August bank holiday winch meet.

27 August 2006

A sound guide to a monument to mania

Picture this: a private company wants to build a massive new transport route through some of England’s wildest country.Right: on the route, wild Pennine sceneryThousands of foreign workers will be employed during the construction project, and local resources will be plundered to provide stone and other raw materials for building.It will be necessary to build a temporary town to house the workers as well as a factory on an upland moor close to limestone pavement and cave systems.

07 March 2007

Review: Mountain - Exploring Britain's High Places, with Griff Rhys Jones

With the credits barely faded from our television screens, Warner Home Video has issued a two-disk DVD of the Mountain series in which former Not the Nine O’Clock News comedian Griff Rhys Jones explores Britain’s high ground.There are two types who would fork out for the set: the mountain aficionado who can shout ‘been up that one, fallen down that crag’ at the family and the genuine ingénue who may be tempted to don boots for the first time and start to explore the magical mountain world which some of us have jealously coveted for years.The programmes certainly do the job for the latter.

05 September 2007

Walkers Are Welcome: Hebden Bridge takes the lead

Do you ever get the impression, as you’re pulling on your boots and tightening your rucksack straps that the locals are distinctly unfriendly.

19 February 2007


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