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30 April 2007

Whale of a time for Loch Ness divers

Walkers in the Loch Ness area can expect to see strange goings-on in the murky waters of the loch this June.Rubber-clad divers will be battling with a two-ton marine creature near the village of Dores.

30 April 2007

National park ban for bird man

A Merseyside man has been banned from every national park in the country.John Kinsley was also ordered not to enter any RSPB nature reserve by Llandudno magistrates after he was found guilty of disturbing rare birds of prey.The 36-year old, from Newton-le-Willows, near Warrington, caused a pair of goshawks to leave their nest and a clutch of three eggs failed to hatch.

02 May 2007

Bryson will head rural-protection charity

A leading group which champions the protection of the English countryside is set to be led by an American.Bill Bryson, the witty journalist and author from Des Moines, Iowa, will head the Campaign to Protect Rural England – and he’s already started talking rubbish.Left: Bill Bryson at home in Norfolk ©David Rose Litter will be high on Anglophile Bill’s agenda: he has pledged to write to both likely Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron to urge hitting fly-tippers and litterbugs with hefty fines.

02 May 2007

Sheriff will visit second access-row estate

A sheriff will this month visit the estate at the centre of the latest attempt to block walkers’ rights.Euan Snowie wants to exclude the public from his entire 70-acre Boquhan Estate near Kippen, Stirlingshire.

04 May 2007

No short cuts to Rowtor Rocks, please

Climbers in the Peak District are being warned not to upset locals at a bouldering site.A short cut to Rowtor Rocks near Birchover has been blocked by tree branches, presumably by local residents.

06 May 2007

Police name Broad Stand fall victim

Police have named a man who fell to his death on Scafell on Friday.Andrew Peter Keely, of Ambleside, died after suffering serious head and chest injuries in the accident on Broad Stand, on the route between Scafell Pike and Scafell.The 59-year-old was airlifted by RAF Sea King helicopter after receiving attention from a team from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team.

07 May 2007

Council drops common cycle track plans

Campaigners are celebrating a council’s decision to ditch plans for a cycle track across a common.Lincolnshire County Council had wanted to install the track on Lincoln’s South Common despite opposition from another council and pressure groups.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) said the scheme to set up the route, with fencing and lighting, would interfere with the public’s right to enjoy the common on foot and on horseback, and would lead to the urbanisation of the land.

10 May 2007

Peak charge for Everest phone bid

A British man will set off from Everest base camp early next week – to make a phone call.Rod Baber hopes to climb to the highest point on Earth to make his call, and get himself in the record books.

11 May 2007

Everest protesters 'intimidated' by Chinese

Five campaigners who protested at Everest base camp against the Chinese occupation of Tibet said they were subject to intimidation after being arrested.The five were detained on the northern, Tibetan side of Everest after they unfurled a banner which read: One World, One Dream, Free Tibet 2008.The protesters returned to the Nepal capital Kathmandu on Friday after being held by Chinese guards for two days.

28 April 2007

More Three Peaks Race pictures for you to view

There's another batch of photographs from the Three Peaks Race now online. You can see the collection by clicking here. You can also order picture...

01 May 2007

McNeish will give Wainwright lecture

Tickets are now on sale for the Wainwright  Society’s memorial lecture which will take place in October.Cameron McNeish, laird of all Scotland and scourge of cairn builders everywhere, will deliver the lecture at Rheged, near Penrith.Mr McNeish, editor of TGO magazine and author of numerous books, also presented the BBC2 series Wilderness Walks.

02 May 2007

Final set of Three Peaks Race pics now on view

The final batch of pictures from the Three Peaks Race is now uploaded. You can see the collection by clicking here. You can also order pictures from o...

04 May 2007

Man dies after Scafell fall

A man has died after an accident on Scafell in the Lake District.The 59-year old, who has not been named, suffered serious head and chest injuries in the fall on Broad Stand, on the route between Scafell Pike and Scafell.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was called to the incident about 2pm.

05 May 2007

Woman suffers head injuries in Lakes rockfall

A young woman was airlifted to hospital after fracturing her skull while scrambling in the Lake District.The woman, 17, was injured yesterday evening by a rockfall in a gully in Great Langdale while with a party of friends.

06 May 2007

Peak access land 'open by weekend'

Heavy rain over the weekend has eased the risk of fire in many of England and Wales’s upland areas.The prolonged dry, warm spell saw the outbreak of moorland and gorse fires in many areas, but wet weather has lowered the risk considerably.Left: William Clough and Kinder reservoir: access land will reopen by the end of the week In the Peak District, restrictions remain in force for the time being on the national park’s access areas, but these are likely to be lifted soon.

08 May 2007

Jobs on offer at mountain council

The British Mountaineering Council has three vacancies, including one for an officer to oversee the introduction of a new climbing-wall qualification.The organisation needs a development officer to work promoting its work at climbing walls and working with other bodies such as Sport England.The BMC is also advertising for an experienced climber to organise its competition climbing events, as well as an administrator based at its Manchester office.Details of the vacancies are on the BMC website.  Closing date for applications is 25 May.

11 May 2007

2,400 evacuated as weather hits Ten Tors

Young participants in the annual Ten Tors event had a torrid time at the weekend, culminating in a mass evacuation after torrential rain made conditions dangerous.Two Sea King helicopters were used as 2,400 evacuated the 400 teams of six young people from rain-swept Dartmoor.The Army and 700 volunteers worked throughout Sunday to ensure all the competitors were taken to safety.

16 May 2007

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