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23 February 2007

Happy ending for trapped Lochnagar climber

A climber was rescued unharmed after finding himself stuck on a Highland mountain for five hours.The inexperienced winter mountaineer was told to stay put after calling police this morning.

21 February 2007

Your chance to tell Tony 'no' to Peak quarrying

It’s now the done thing. Every Tom, Dick and Harriet with a point of view is petitioning Tony Blair to back their pet project. So why not lovers...

23 February 2007

Eagle Tor closed to climbers

Climbers are being warned they are not welcome at a Peak bouldering site.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) says the public should stay away from Eagle Tor near Birchover in Derbyshire after its owners said they were withdrawing access permission.The BMC said: “The owners are decent people with a young family and appreciate the quality of the crag.

02 March 2007

BBC4 screening for second Wainwright walk

A reminder to lovers of Lakeland that the second in BBC4’s series Wainwright Walks airs tomorrow evening.Left: Sharp Edge on BlencathraJulia Bradbury leads us up Blencathra, following the Grumpy Old Fellwalker’s guide to the fells.

04 March 2007

Girl dies in swollen Dartmoor river

A teenage girl lost her life after falling into a river on Dartmoor during training for an Army-run challenge.The girl, from Edgehill College in Bideford, Devon, was swept away in the Walla Brook near Watern Tor yesterday.

05 March 2007

Cairngorm enlargement bid defeated

Scottish politicians have rejected an attempt to enlarge the Cairngorms National Park.MSPs narrowly defeated the proposal by North Tayside Scottish National Party MSP John Swinney, to have the park area extended to include an extra 300 sq miles.The Bill, before the Scottish Parliament’s environmental and rural development committee was defeated by five votes to four.

07 March 2007

Park bosses say keep dogs on lead

A national park authority is reminding walkers that they must keep their dogs on a short lead on access land.Exmoor National Park Authority (NPA) says ground-nesting birds are at risk if dogs are allowed to run free.

08 March 2007

Any takers for cheap Alpine courses?

Subsidised Alpine mountaineering courses are on offer, thanks to a charitable trust.The three-day courses will be run in Chamonix by professional guides and will give an introduction to Alpine mountaineering.

08 March 2007

Natural England backs coastal access corridor

The Government’s official body on outdoor matters today recommended the setting up of a 4,500km-long access corridor around England’s coast.Natural England, which was set up last autumn, says there should be a new law to ensure public access to the country’s beaches and coastline.

21 February 2007

Minister says Brecon must protect mining sites

Welsh environment minister Carwyn Jones has told a national park it must change its planning blueprint to safeguard sand and gravel mining sites.Park authorities in the Brecon Beacons say the ruling could have severe environmental implications.Despite 1,000 residents of Talybont-on-Usk signing a petition against mining in the area, the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) says the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority must protect the areas from being built upon in its local unitary development plan (UDP).It has been told it cannot adopt the UDP in its present form, which means all the park’s planning policies are put into doubt.

22 February 2007

Taxing questions for Lowe Alpine marathon entrants

Competitors in this year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will get a reminder of their impact on the environment.Organisers say entrants will be quizzed on their journey to and from the event and given the chance to make a voluntary tax to offset their carbon dioxide generation.

25 February 2007

Rivers access bill may be sunk by Government

An attempt to extend the right to roam to paddlers faces stormy waters.The Government blocked the second reading of a bill brought by Brighton MP Des Turner which would have given canoeists similar rights to those enjoyed by walkers and climbers in England and Wales.

04 March 2007

Landslip leads to Exmoor path closure

Authorities say an Exmoor wood is likely to be closed for months.Access to Culbone Woods was restricted following landslips last weekend.

04 March 2007

Investigation follows girl's Dartmoor death

Police will interview members of the team accompanying the girl who died at the weekend during training for a Dartmoor challenge.Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police will be trying to ascertain what happened during the incident which led to the death of 14-year-old Charlotte Shaw when she fell into Walla Brook.Det Ch Insp Steve Carey said: “There is absolutely no suggestion at all of wrongdoing.“The police are here to fully investigate the circumstances and report them to the coroner.”Reports have suggested that Charlotte, from Torrington in Devon, who was a student at the private Edgehill College in Bideford, Devon, may have hit her head in the fall.

07 March 2007

Campaigners object to Lancashire windfarm

Campaigners have objected to plans to site a windfarm on the west Pennine moors.The site is on common land on Haslingden Moor, Rossendale, and needs the consent of the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn before it can go ahead.Energiekontor has applied to Defra to build ten wind turbines on the land.

15 October 2007

Dog blog to guide Peak walkers

These are obviously dog days for the outdoor world: not content with just advising dog owners about how they should act in the countryside, authorities in the Peak District are launching a dog blog today at Crufts.The blog is in the form of a podcast – an audio play featuring collie-cross Barney and his friends Bingo and Kipper, and is a light-hearted attempt to educate walkers about the delights and dangers of taking dogs on to the moors during lambing and nesting time.The dog blog, Paws on the Moors, was written by Pamela Butler with help from the UK Kennel Club and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

08 March 2007

Inquest hears student loved the mountains

A winter climber who died of hypothermia in the Scottish Highlands was less than a mile from safety, an inquest heard.Richard Hardy’s body temperature was only 14°C when he was found by rescuers; normal temperature is 37°C.

09 March 2007

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