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26 October 2006

Warning for mountain marathon competitors

Organisers of this weekend’s Original Mountain Marathon in Galloway have issued the following warning to competitors: get there early.Bad weather means all parking will now be on forest roads.

26 October 2006

Blistered snout sparks foot-and-mouth fears

Lovers of the outdoors are breathing a sigh of relief after foot-and-mouth-disease tests on an Essex pig proved negative.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had closed an abattoir near Brentwood, run by Cheale Meats.

28 October 2006

47,000 web items no threat to Stagecoach boss

The hearing into a Scottish millionairess’s bid to exclude her land from the country’s right-to-roam laws resumed yesterday.Ann Gloag, the Stagecoach bus company magnate, wants to exclude the public, including walkers, runners and bikers from part of the Kinfauns Castle estate in Perthshire.Yesterday, Perth Sheriff Court heard from security analyst Andrew Ashwood who said he found 47,000 articles (should be 47,001 after this – Ed) on the Internet relating to Mrs Gloag, but none contained threats against her.

31 October 2006

Welsh police warning after wildlife shootings

Walkers in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are being asked to be on the lookout for armed trespassers.Police and park officials say there have been instances of individuals going on to private farmland in the Newport and Moylegrove areas and shooting wildlife.An authority spokesman said: "The widespread killing of vulnerable wildlife is totally unacceptable.

02 November 2006

Good news on the midge front?

And now, here is the midge forecast: there will be 30% fewer of the little pests to trouble walkers in Scotland next year.This year’s cold, prolonged spring stymied the breeding efforts of the scourge of the  Highland walker, leading to nearly a third fewer being recorded in the region and numbers in Fort William dropping to half the previous year’s.Midge expert Dr Ali Blackwell of Edinburgh set traps for the annoying little biters at 32 places across Scotland.

02 November 2006

Stay away from Wicken Stones, pleads BMC

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is asking climbers not to exacerbate problems at a Staffordshire crag.The owner of the ERF rocks, also known as the Wicken Stones, is denying access to the site, which is on private land.

17 November 2006

Youngest fellwaker completes Wainwrights

A nine-year-old Cub is claiming the title of the youngest walker to bag all the Wainwright peaks.Jordan Ross took five years to conquer all 214 of the hills in Alfred Wainwright’s guides to the Lakeland Fells.

18 November 2006

Sea eagle numbers soar to new record

A Scottish conservation group is celebrating a record year for sea eagles, with 29 young birds being raised in the Western Isles.Mull tops the table with ten flegling chicks, while Skye has seen three hatch, although unseasonally bad weather caused the death of one of them.One breeding pair on Skye had three chicks, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland – a very unusual feat.

24 November 2006

Cheddar Gorge out of bounds to climbers next month

There will be no weekday climbing in the Cheddar Gorge when a road closure is enforced next month.Rock safety work means the B3135 running through the Gorge will be shut from 2 November until 30 November.

26 October 2006

Got a wild story to tell? Get your name in print

The John Muir Trust (JMT), the campaigning body for wild places, is running a writers’ competition.Entries, up to 1,200 words long, will form part of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2007.

27 October 2006

Scots canoe tragedy victim named

Police have named a paddler who died on the River Roy on Friday.Steven Pullinger, a 49-year-old from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, was trapped when his canoe capsized and became wedged in rocks.

30 October 2006

Date set for second Scots access-row case

Sadly, grough and other lovers of the outdoors will be denied the chance to see another sheriff traipsing through a millionaire’s Scottish estate in his wellies.Stirling Sheriff Wyllie Robertson says he won’t be making a site visit in the same way his Perth counterpart Michael Fletcher did at Kinfauns.

01 November 2006

Climbers' access curbs help breeding falcons

Five peregrine falcon chicks have successfully fledged in sites in the Yorkshire Dales covered by voluntary access agreements.Clint and Gryke, the most famous pair, produced two chicks at Malham Cove, under the gaze of thousands of visitors and plenty of climbers.

02 November 2006

BMC hillwalking talk to tour country

Beginners and experienced hillwalkers can benefit from a series of talks being run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) early next year.Speakers will be Helen Barnard and Ian Brodie and topics covered will include navigation, route finding, scrambling, weather and the use of Global Positioning System devices.

11 November 2006

Vicki leads quest for Tom Weir tribute

grough is old enough to remember when a petition was something thrust under your nose as you tried to fight your way through the crowds intent on spending their money in the High Street on a Saturday afternoon.Well, not anymore.

17 November 2006

Walker's body found in Lake District

The body of a missing walker was found by Lake District search teams yesterday. His faithful dog was keeping vigil at his side when rescuers found him...

24 November 2006

Free Yorkshire Dales guide for youngsters

A national park is trying to tempt young people to sample its attractions.The Yorkshire Dales authority has produced a booklet detailing the best way of getting around the area either under their own steam or with others.Left, Ribblehead viaduct and IngleboroughThe free publication, What Are You Doing This Weekend.

27 November 2006

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