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08 September 2006

Ramblers Association in footpath court battle

The Ramblers Association (RA), guardian of the right to continue to wear your walking breeches tucked inside your socks, is fighting an important legal case that could have implications for all those who love the outdoors.It’s all a bit legalistic, as the law tends to be, but basically, landowners were given the right in a High Court case in 1999 to claim there was no right of way under the ‘20-years’ use’ rule if they had a scrap of paper telling their gamekeeper to boot off the great unwashed, even if said gamekeeper never followed the instruction.

29 May 2006

Rob's mission is no rubbish idea

Keep your eyes and ears open for an emerging new British superstar. This one’s not a reject from The X Factor or a monosyllabic egotist from Big...

05 September 2006

New maps issued for Scottish Explorers

The Ordnance Survey (OS) has issued updated Explorer maps for two areas of Scotland.The 1:25,000-scale maps cover Stranraer, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Dumfries and a further area in the East including Edinburgh, Dunbar, North Berwick and the Lammermuir Hills.Maps come off the Ordnance Survey's printing press (left)22 maps have been revised and are on sale at £7.49 for unlaminated versions, at the usual outlets as well as from the OS website. .

05 September 2006

Season's greetings! Now get your boots on

It’s September, and with our local supermarket stocking up on Christmas crackers and New Berry Fruits, grough’s thoughts turn to the season of goodwill, fairy lights and the smell of dropped pine needles that cover our grough living room.Well, they do now that the National Trust has released details of its Christmas guided walks.

05 September 2006

Record numbers see Dales celebrity family

More than 28,000 people were able to observe the Yorkshire Dales’ most famous family this summer.The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has just reported that 3,500 schoolchildren were among the record-breaking number of people who took advantage of the project set up to view a pair of breeding peregrine falcons at Malham Cove, the sweeping 80-metre-high limestone crag that has been home to the raptors for the last few years.Peregrine falcon Clint (left) in flight.

07 September 2006

Arrested men 'linked to Lake District terror camps'

Some of the men arrested last Friday in an anti-terrorist operation are believed to have taken part in training camps in the Lake District.The Guardian newspaper reports that the group had been under surveillance at the unnamed site in Cumbria by officers from the anti-terrorist branch of Scotland Yard and MI5.There are many remote areas of the Lake District suitable for training camps.

04 September 2006

Wainwright followers want trail recognition

Diehard devotees of the prototype Grumpy Old Man are to launch a campaign for official recognition of one of his legacies to the outdoor world.Alfred Wainwright's illustrated guides to the Lakeland fells are some of the best read pieces of outdoor literature – idiosyncratic, opinionated and compelling.

25 August 2006

Yorkshire Dales travel website relaunches

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park can check out travel information on an upgraded website. Did you know, for instance, that coach drivers in the area should follow an advisory one-way system around the narrower roads to try and avoid meeting one of their colleagues coming the other way? The site, also has advice for visitors on keeping environmental impact to a minimum and has links to public transport sites.

22 August 2006

Cash offered to adventurers following in Bill's footsteps

Conservation body the John Muir Trust (JMT) has set up a memorial fund to help those undertaking a venture which involves travel to wild places, is adventurous, of educational or scientific significance – and be a life-changing experience leading to a commitment to practical action to conserve wild places.That’s no small task, but if you think you’re up for it, it may be worth applying for a Go – And Do It.

10 September 2006

Welsh highpoint will have Portuguese roof

In years to come, when you’ve huffed and puffed your way up the Pyg track, or joined the quaking queues on Crib Goch, you’ll be reassured to know that the highest point in England Wales will be forever… Portuguese.The folly that is the project to build a visitor centre on the top of Snowdon took a surreal turn with the news that its roof will be slated with stone brought all the way from Portugal.Right: artist's impression of the new Snowdon summit visitor centreYou might think, as your soles crush another mound of finest Welsh slate, that there would be enough stone around the summit to do the job with locally found stuff.

08 September 2006

Can you make coffee and quote access law?

Wanted: competent person who doesn’t mind being pestered and can put up with unreasonable demands.

05 September 2006

Yorkshire Dales autumn activities begin tomorrow

With summer becoming a rapidly fading memory, visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered a range of activities to entice them into the area this autumn.There are chances to learn about the upland birds of the area, brush up your digital photography skills or, if you’re that way inclined, learn how to make jam.There are also guided walks in various parts of the park area, including Garsdale, Wharfedale and Mossdale.

05 September 2006

Still time to enter mountain-rescue challenge

A late reminder comes from the organisers of the Nine Edges Endurance, which takes place a week on Sunday.The 20-mile-long event in the Peak District is a fundraiser for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team’s £150,000 appeal for a new base in Hope (see previous grough story).So far, the Dark Peak Fellrunners have pledged to get a large contingent into the event, which starts at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire and ends at a pub near Baslow.

07 September 2006

Skye mountaineers' memorial may cost ??m

While the guardians of Ben Nevis propose to remove virtually all memorials on the British Isles’ highest mountain, a group on Skye wants to erect one to two pioneers of climbing.The voluntary group wants to erect a sculpture of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie and is trying to raise funds for the project.Conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) is backing the idea, which aims to have the 1.5-times life-size bronze statue erected at Sligachan on the island.The organisers of the appeal also want four unsightly electric poles moved to improve the environment around the site.

25 August 2006

Getting the message across, Scots style

grough likes the direct approach, so we were taken on by a typically blunt message to litter louts in a Scottish national park.The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs authority is telling people: ‘Don’t be a tosser’.Sound advice in any situation, but in this instance the posters, which are springing up throughout the area, along with some with a gentler message, are aimed at those who turn off tourists by despoiling the verges, lay-bys and loch shores with rubbish.Fiona Kennedy, of Killin, and a director of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Community Partnership, said: “The materials we’ve developed this year are only the start of what we hope will be an ongoing campaign to change people's attitudes and behaviour.

30 August 2006

Follow in the footsteps of the wicked pig thief

Round them parts, they say the spirit of the wicked pig-stealing Giant of Penhill can still be sensed.

23 August 2006

Scots appeal to help catch wildlife killers UPDATED!

The Scottish Executive is appealing for any outdoors users who find poisoned wildlife to let them know.A freephone number has been provided to report any incidents.

21 August 2006


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