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05 September 2006

Season's greetings! Now get your boots on

It’s September, and with our local supermarket stocking up on Christmas crackers and New Berry Fruits, grough’s thoughts turn to the season of goodwill, fairy lights and the smell of dropped pine needles that cover our grough living room.Well, they do now that the National Trust has released details of its Christmas guided walks.

05 September 2006

Record numbers see Dales celebrity family

More than 28,000 people were able to observe the Yorkshire Dales’ most famous family this summer.The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has just reported that 3,500 schoolchildren were among the record-breaking number of people who took advantage of the project set up to view a pair of breeding peregrine falcons at Malham Cove, the sweeping 80-metre-high limestone crag that has been home to the raptors for the last few years.Peregrine falcon Clint (left) in flight.

07 September 2006

Arrested men 'linked to Lake District terror camps'

Some of the men arrested last Friday in an anti-terrorist operation are believed to have taken part in training camps in the Lake District.The Guardian newspaper reports that the group had been under surveillance at the unnamed site in Cumbria by officers from the anti-terrorist branch of Scotland Yard and MI5.There are many remote areas of the Lake District suitable for training camps.

04 September 2006

Wainwright followers want trail recognition

Diehard devotees of the prototype Grumpy Old Man are to launch a campaign for official recognition of one of his legacies to the outdoor world.Alfred Wainwright's illustrated guides to the Lakeland fells are some of the best read pieces of outdoor literature – idiosyncratic, opinionated and compelling.

25 August 2006

Yorkshire Dales travel website relaunches

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park can check out travel information on an upgraded website. Did you know, for instance, that coach drivers in the area should follow an advisory one-way system around the narrower roads to try and avoid meeting one of their colleagues coming the other way? The site, also has advice for visitors on keeping environmental impact to a minimum and has links to public transport sites.

22 August 2006

Nevis memorials to be removed

The charity that was set up to safeguard Ben Nevis’s environment has announced it will remove all the memorial plaques on the mountain summit (pictured below).

20 August 2006

New book records anniversary tribute to Wainwright

If you’re one of the Wainwright fanatics who took part in last year’s Great Lakeland Challenge, you can now read the story of the event.The challenge, set up by the Wainwright Society to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grumpy Old Man’s first illustrated Lakeland fell guide, was to get people up all 214 Wainrights – the fell tops which have a chapter in his books – plus the extra 56 in his Outlying Fells tome, making 270 in total.The challenge took place during one week in May 2005 and each registered blagger was asked to produce an account and pics of their escapade.

18 August 2006

Palmtop guidance for Lomond nature reserve

Loch Lomond visitors have the chance to go high-tech with a scheme run by the national park.The authorities are looking for people interesting in trying out what it calls 'Mopark Interactive Journeys', which in English means using either palmtop computers or MP3 players to guide you along paths.The venue is the Inchcailloch nature reserve, a small island on Loch Lomond, near Balmaha.

13 August 2006

Yorkshire Dales autumn activities begin tomorrow

With summer becoming a rapidly fading memory, visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park are being offered a range of activities to entice them into the area this autumn.There are chances to learn about the upland birds of the area, brush up your digital photography skills or, if you’re that way inclined, learn how to make jam.There are also guided walks in various parts of the park area, including Garsdale, Wharfedale and Mossdale.

05 September 2006

Still time to enter mountain-rescue challenge

A late reminder comes from the organisers of the Nine Edges Endurance, which takes place a week on Sunday.The 20-mile-long event in the Peak District is a fundraiser for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team’s £150,000 appeal for a new base in Hope (see previous grough story).So far, the Dark Peak Fellrunners have pledged to get a large contingent into the event, which starts at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire and ends at a pub near Baslow.

07 September 2006

Skye mountaineers' memorial may cost ??m

While the guardians of Ben Nevis propose to remove virtually all memorials on the British Isles’ highest mountain, a group on Skye wants to erect one to two pioneers of climbing.The voluntary group wants to erect a sculpture of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie and is trying to raise funds for the project.Conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) is backing the idea, which aims to have the 1.5-times life-size bronze statue erected at Sligachan on the island.The organisers of the appeal also want four unsightly electric poles moved to improve the environment around the site.

25 August 2006

Getting the message across, Scots style

grough likes the direct approach, so we were taken on by a typically blunt message to litter louts in a Scottish national park.The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs authority is telling people: ‘Don’t be a tosser’.Sound advice in any situation, but in this instance the posters, which are springing up throughout the area, along with some with a gentler message, are aimed at those who turn off tourists by despoiling the verges, lay-bys and loch shores with rubbish.Fiona Kennedy, of Killin, and a director of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Community Partnership, said: “The materials we’ve developed this year are only the start of what we hope will be an ongoing campaign to change people's attitudes and behaviour.

30 August 2006

Follow in the footsteps of the wicked pig thief

Round them parts, they say the spirit of the wicked pig-stealing Giant of Penhill can still be sensed.

23 August 2006

Scots appeal to help catch wildlife killers UPDATED!

The Scottish Executive is appealing for any outdoors users who find poisoned wildlife to let them know.A freephone number has been provided to report any incidents.

21 August 2006

K2 escape for 'Banjo' as four Russians killed

A climber from the UK had a near miss in an ice fall on K2 that killed four Russian climbers.Terence ‘Banjo’ Bannon was in a party near the summit of the Karakorum peak when he witnessed the massive slide of ice and snow which buried the four.

18 August 2006

Families of dead snowboarders face rescue bill

French debt collectors are pursuing the families of two snowboarders who died in an avalanche last year.Rescuers failed to save the two, who were boarding off-piste at about 3,200m on the north face of La Grande Motte, near Tignes.

17 August 2006

Rain check: How's the forecast?

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? More to the point, how's the weather forecast? The Mountaineering Council of Scotland wants your ...

24 July 2006


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