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30 August 2007

GPS tracks Ingleborough cows

If you caught the Pennine episode of Griff Rhys Jones’s Mountain odyssey, you may remember the furry-eared cows being introduced to the karst landscape of the Yorkshire Dales limestone pavements in an attempt to preserve the delicate fauna of the area which sheep destroy with their ravenous feeding regimes.Well, the little cows have gone high tech and can now boast GPS sat-nav as they wander around the clints and grykes of the Dales.One of the cows wearing a GPS collar The herd of 50 Blue Grey and beef Shorthorn cattle now wears collars which use the Global Positioning System devices to record where they are, whether they are on the move and even whether they are grazing or not – talk about Big Brother.

30 August 2007

Welsh police crack down on country crime

South Wales Police seized five off-road bikes and arrested a number of people yesterday in their continuing campaign against countryside crime.One of the arrests was in connection with possession of a bird of prey and the others concerned stolen vehicles.

03 September 2007

New guide to clearing footpath clutter

Did you know there was a British Standard for gates and stiles? Or that landowners need consent from the authorities before they erect such structures...

11 September 2007

Foot-and-mouth puts paid to Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross

This year’s Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race has been cancelled, organisers announced today.The most recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreak is blamed for wiping the event off the calendar.

18 September 2007

Rescuers say: 'Get mountain savvy'

Mountain rescuers say it’s time to educate fellwalkers after a series of call-outs to people who have got lost.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) has logged 62 incidents which involved taking to the fells this year, many of which did not involve injury or accident.

19 September 2007

Border project aims to halt raptor conflict

A pioneering project has been set up in the Scottish Borders to try to end the conflict between conservationists and grouse-shooting interests.This move follows cases of poisoning of birds of prey which led to fingers being pointed at shooting interests.

22 September 2007

New boss for Dartmoor authority

Dartmoor’s new chief executive is a keen walker and mountain biker.Kevin Bishop, who took up the post with the national park authority on Monday, was formerly director of environment and regeneration with the Welsh Local Government Association.Dr Bishop has a PhD in land management and a degree in geography.

03 October 2007

Celebrations mark Wolds Way anniversary

Ramblers gathered this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of England’s lesser-known national trails.The Yorkshire Wolds Way runs for 79 miles (127km) from the north shore of the Humber at Hessle to Filey Brigg on the North Yorkshire Coast.

04 October 2007

Horse riders demand access voice

Horse riders are demanding a voice in future access issues, including the coastal-access campaign.Campaign group the British Horse Society says it is worried the new coastal arrangements, currently nearing their consultation period, will exclude equestrians.

30 August 2007

Peak pack-horse route restored for walkers

Park authorities have restored an ancient path in the Peak District. The hollow-way, a sunken pack-horse trail above the Hope Valley, links with ex...

30 August 2007

Dales bridleway due for completion by 2009

Yorkshire Dales authorities say they hope to have the whole section of a new national trail in their area complete by 2009.The Pennine Bridleway will run from the Derbyshire Peak District to Byrness in Northumberland.

04 September 2007

Crampon recall as model is withdrawn

A recall notice has been issued on a vital piece of winter gear made by a leading outdoor manufacturer.Petzl Charlet says its Sarken crampons are susceptible to cracking near the front points and are advising anyone who has bought a pair to return them to their retailer for a swap.

13 September 2007

Ordnance Survey wants your routes for new website

Britain’s official mapping agency has launched a website for you to share your favourite routes.Ordnance Survey (OS) hopes the new site, explore, will quickly become a hub for anyone planning an outdoors trip.

18 September 2007

Boost for geocaching at Dales centre

Authorities in the Yorkshire Dales are making life easier for treasure hunters.A new computer has been installed at the National Park Centre in Malham so geocachers can download locations of the hidden goodies stashed throughout the area.

21 September 2007

Rescuers called out twice to Snowdonia mountain

Rescuers in north Wales were kept busy this week with two separate incidents on Tryfan.The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was called on Monday to a party of four mountaineers cragfast on the eastern side of the 915m (3,002ft) peak. The team used ropes to lower the two men and two women to safety from the Knight’s Move pitch of the hard-very-difficult rated Grooved Ârete.

03 October 2007

Park bodies get green-lane powers

National park authorities can now take action to tackle problems caused by off-road vehicles on green lanes.Previously, only highway authorities – usually county councils – could issue orders, which often led to delays and further damage to country routes.

03 October 2007

Prestatyn celebrates welcome for walkers

Prestatyn this weekend celebrated its status as the first town in Wales to gain the Walkers Are Welcome accolade.A walkers’ day, including guided rambles, workshops and stalls was opened by Roger Thomas, chief executive of the Countryside Council for Wales and was address by the Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook.Hebden Bridge in the West Yorkshire Pennines was the first to gain the award, followed by Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway and now the principality’s walking-friendly resort.

09 October 2007


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