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08 May 2008

Devon rock-climber suffers spinal injuries in fall

A climber is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a Dartmoor crag.The 58-year-old was with a climbing partner when both men fell 15m (50ft) from Dewerstone Rock, Devon.

23 April 2008

Councils put on Green Alert as campaign launches

Campaigners have put every local authority in England and Wales on alert – against the threat to village greens.The Open Spaces Society launched its Green Alert.

04 May 2008

Thousands tackle Ten Tors challenge in 24C heat

More than 2,000 walkers hit the hills of Dartmoor this weekend for the Ten Tors challenge, in soaring temperatures which were in marked contrast to those a year ago when the event was abandoned.Temperatures of 24C meant the 2,400 young competitors were at risk of heat exhaustion rather than the more usual hypothermia.

11 May 2008

End path inaction, say campaigners

Campaigners say a county council should stop shilly-shallying and map paths that should have been recorded more than a quarter of a century ago.The Open Spaces Society says Suffolk County Council still hasn’t produced an official map of its public paths, despite a law demanding it do so being passed 27 years ago.

21 May 2008

Cave rescuers carry out 'extreme' clean-up

Rescue volunteers put their skills to use at the weekend to reach parts of a Yorkshire Dales beauty spot others cannot reach.One of the Cave Rescue Organisation's vehiclesMembers of the Cave Rescue Organisation used specialist mountaineering and potholing techniques to clean up the area around Ingleton waterfalls.

27 May 2008

82-year-old walker airlifted after Lakes fall

An 82-year-old fellwalker was airlifted to hospital after suffering head injuries in a fall.The man, from Maryport, Cumbria, was injured on Rannerdale Knotts, overlooking Crummock Water, yesterday afternoon.

29 May 2008

Change of name for national parks body

A campaigning body has changed its name to avoid confusion over its role.The Council for National Parks will keep its initials, but become the Campaign for National Parks.

05 June 2008

Walker dies in fall on An Teallach

A man has died after a fall on a Highland mountain.The walker fell 200m (650ft) from An Teallach, near Dundonnell, in Wester Ross.

09 June 2008

Footpath bid in Vixen Tor access battle

Three outdoor bodies will tomorrow lobby councillors to grant rights of way to a crag at the centre of an access row.The Ramblers’ Association, British Mountaineering Council and the Vixen Tor Action Group will hand in evidence that local people regularly walked paths to Vixen Tor, a granite outcrop on Dartmoor that was a haven for climbers and walkers before owner Mary Alford bought the land.The tor was excluded as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act and has since become a cause célèbre for both climbers and walkers who want to use the site for recreation.

23 April 2008

Appeal against Pooh bridge footpath action

Campaigners are urging action against a riding arena built across a path near the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge.Hartfield landowner Ben Van Praagh built the riding paddock across the right of way in East Sussex and has now withdrawn a retrospective application for planning permission.

01 May 2008

Alps death-fall victim named

French police have named the woman who died in a climbing accident in the French Alps.Lydia Press, fell from the 3,800m (12,470ft) Tour Ronde while roped to her boyfriend Arnaud Viel.

05 May 2008

Walker finds woman's body in tent

A hillwalker found the body of a woman in a tent near Edzell Castle in Angus.The remains of the 22-year-old were found by the passer-by just after 3pm yesterday.

14 May 2008

Peak chiefs reject National Trust turbine plan

A National Trust bid to build a wind turbine to power one of its holiday cottages in the Peak District has been turned down.The trust applied to build a 12-metre-high structure on land at Longshaw, near Grindleford.

24 May 2008

High winds keep Snowdon rescue team busy

Mountain rescuers on Snowdon had to cope with eight incidents within two hours as high winds caused difficulties for walkers yesterday.Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team urged people taking to the mountains to check weather forecasts before venturing out.

28 May 2008

Police name climber in Cuillins fall

Police have named a man who fell to his death while climbing on Skye.Neil Wylie, 34, of Carnoustie, Angus, suffered serious head injuries in the incident on the Cuillins on Friday.

01 June 2008

Man dies in Mamores fall

A man has died after falling 150m from a Lochaber ridge.The unnamed 62-year-old died walker plunged from the Devil’s Ridge in the Ring of Steall at the head of Glen Nevis.

08 June 2008

Injured woman carried from Lakeland fell

An injured woman was carried from the fells today after her party got lost in the Lake District.Grisedale Tarn: mystery tent retrieved by rescuersThe walker was in a group of four which called for help after losing their way on the Scandale Pass, which links Ambleside and Brothers Water.

28 June 2008


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