Winter weekend walking and climbing prospects

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11 January 2008

Pooh bridge footpath must be cleared, say planners

A developer has vowed to fight moves to make him remove an equestrian sand school blocking a path leading to the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge immortalised by author AA Milne.The local council says equestrian centre owner Ben Van Praagh has breached the terms of the original planning permission, and the sand school must be taken up.Pooh Sticks Bridge, in Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield, East Sussex, is the setting for the game played by Christopher Robin’s fictional animal friends Pooh and Piglet in the classic tale The House at Pooh Corner.

02 January 2008

Cairn Gorm poo chute a success, say rangers

Cairn Gorm’s poo chute is helping keep the mountain clean, as the winter season gets underway.Mountaineers, many of whom bivvy in snow holes on the tops, were asked to use the facility, rather than burying human waste, the volumes of which were starting to cause problems in the fragile arctic wilderness of the mountain’s summit plateau.The poo chute was set up in November last year so walkers and climbers could seal their waste in specially designed bags and bottles and dispose of them in the tube, which was set up in the Cairngorm Ski Area car park.

04 January 2008

Estate owner's grant cut after poisoning case

A landowner whose gamekeeper was convicted of trying to kill protected birds of prey has had his farm subsidy cut.The Scottish Executive has lopped nearly £8,000 from the European grant due to James McDougal, who employed George Aitken on his Borders estate near the Southern Upland Way.Aitken placed dead pheasants containing poison along with traps holding live pigeons on the moorland at Lauder in Berwickshire.

07 January 2008

Campaigners' thumbs-down to Devon windfarms

Conservation campaigners have backed objectors to two windfarm applications in north Devon.Two separate companies are seeking permission to build wind turbines close to the sites of other planned windfarms.

08 January 2008

Torridon walker safe after night on mountain

An experienced walker is safe after spending a night on a Scottish Corbett.The unnamed, middle-aged man was found by rescuers after being reported overdue yesterday morning.

13 January 2008

Top cop's trek aids mountain rescuers

Mountain rescuers are quids in after an ex-police chief’s mammoth trek round his beat.Former Chief Constable of Derbyshire David Coleman walked the length of his county to mark his retirement – and raised £31,500.

18 January 2008

Cragfast mountaineers rescued from Scafell

Two men were rescued from Scafell at the weekend, after becoming cragfast at a mountain blackspot.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) took to the hills to help the two, from Liverpool, who had been attempting to ascend Scafell via Lord’s Rake, one of three notorious accident sites listed by the team.The two, in their late 30s and early 40s, called for help around 3.30pm when they could go no further after getting stuck on a rock terrace overlooking Deep Gill.

22 January 2008

Henley footpath dispute rumbles on

The spat between the Oxfordshire dinner-jacket brigade and the waterproof jacket squad continues, after a meeting failed to resolve a footpath dispute.Organisers of the black-tie Henley Festival want to close the Thames Path national trail for prolonged periods over nine days.

25 January 2008

Canoeist dies after Cumbia river incident

A canoeist died yesterday after getting into difficulties in fast flowing water in a Cumbrian river.The 50-year-old, believed to be from the Preston, Lancashire, area, was released by emergency crews after becoming trapped underwater in the River Crake, Spark Bridge, north of Ulverston.

01 January 2008

No raves promised at newly licensed hostels

Youth hostel owners have dismissed fears that 24-hour alcohol licences will lead to all-night raves.The YHA has applied for round-the-clock licences for all its 118 hostels, and 93 have so far been granted.

03 January 2008

Foot skeleton found in mountain area

Police have recovered a grim find in New Zealand’s southern Alps.A plastic climbing boot – complete with the remains of a foot – has been found.

04 January 2008

Rescue leader will write team's history

A mountain rescue leader says he will write the history of his team when he retires.Garry Rhodes, who received the MBE in the New Year’s Honours, will record the story of the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, which he joined in 1974.

07 January 2008

Ill equipped walker rescued from Devil's Kitchen

An operation involving 40 north Wales rescuers yesterday had a happy outcome.Members of the Ogwen Valley and Llanberis Mountain Rescue teams spent 2½ hours searching for a 66-year-old man who had become separated from his walking partners.He was found near the Twll Du or Devil’s Kitchen, between Y Garn and Glyder Fawr, overlooking the Ogwen Valley.

12 January 2008

Retailer Blacks sheds jobs as profits disappoint

Outdoor retailer Blacks has announced plans to shed up to 60 jobs at its Northampton headquarters following worse-than-expected profits.Despite the Blacks chain posting sales 5.4 per cent up on last year, and its sister shops Millets selling even more – at 7.8 per cent up – its share price fell 10p to 150p on news that its ‘surf’ brands Freespirit and O’Neill had been hit by poor sales.Blacks Leisure, the parent company, issued a post-Christmas profit warning and said it would need to cut £3m from its costs.

16 January 2008

Rescuers on exercise find injured Munro walker

An unconscious walker was found by chance by a Scottish mountain rescue team on a training exercise.The team, from RAF Kinloss, was on Sgorr Ruadh in Glen Carron, Wester Ross, when they discovered the man, who had fallen.

19 January 2008

Naked rambler back in Scots jail

Naked rambler Stephen Gough is languishing in jail once more after a brief taste of freedom.He was released from court last Friday and re-arrested within a few paces of the exit for breach of the peace.

23 January 2008

Climber safe after sea-cliff rescue

A rockclimber was unharmed after being rescued from a sea cliff yesterday.The man was attempting the E4-graded Marmolata Buttress on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast when he became cragfast.

28 January 2008


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