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18 June 2007

Campaigners launch Vixen Tor access survey

In a week when Defra launched its three-month consultation on coastal access, there is still unresolved business inland.Vixen Tor, the Dartmoor crag from which the public is excluded following a ruling under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act, is the centre of a campaign backed by both the Ramblers’ Association (RA) and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).The RA wants to hear from anyone who accessed the site before 2003, when its present owners bought the land and put up fences and keep-out signs.

20 June 2007

MPs say: 'Give walkers more information on right-to-roam'

Walkers are being put off using access land because information on right-to-roam areas is hard to come by.That’s the verdict of a committee of MPs looking into how the countryside of England and Wales was opened up following the passing of access laws.

21 June 2007

Cadair Idris fire 'was arson'

Experts say a fire which destroyed a large area of heath on Cadair Idris was probably started deliberately.Young trees and heathland were affected by the blaze in April, which swept across 30 hectares at the Tan y Gader Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

25 June 2007

More mountain TV treats on the way

Hot on the heels of Julia Bradbury’s mountain homage to the Grumpy Old Fellwalker comes a new series devoted to Britain’s uplands.Comedian Griff Rhys Jones will present the five-part travelogue visiting mountains and fells across the country.

03 July 2007

Dales walks will explore access areas

Walkers are being encouraged to use access land in the Yorkshire Dales with a series of guided walks.The national park authority is staging free accompanied outings in different areas of the Dales.

03 July 2007

Ramblers face ?200,000 bill after failed court case

The Ramblers’ Association and the council taxpayers of Perth and Kinross may be saddled with a bill of up to £200,000 after the unsuccessful access case against bus magnate Ann Gloag.Mrs Gloag, whose estimated £400m fortune was made from the Stagecoach company, was awarded costs in the case in which Sheriff Michael Fletcher found in her favour.

09 July 2007

Welsh Police seize off-road bikes in crackdown

Police have seized 30 motorbikes in a crackdown on illegal off-road biking in south Wales.Operation Pitman, involving the fire service and Forestry Commission, as well as police officers, aims at cutting rural crime in the valleys around Cynon, Rhymney and Merthyr.

10 July 2007

Tiso snaps up Keswick retailer

Scottish retailer Tiso has bought one of Keswick’s best known outdoor stores.The George Fisher shop was snapped up by the Leith-based company founded by mountaineer Graham Tiso in 1962.

11 July 2007

Chinese to start building road to Everest

Everest’s remote position will soon be a thing of the past after China’s state news agency announced the regime will next week start surfacing the unmade road to base camp on the Tibetan side.The scheme, part of the preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games, involves asphalting more than 100km (62miles) of track in order to accommodate the Olympic torch party, which plans to summit Everest en route.Conservationists fear the move will lead to a rush of tourists to the northern base camp which previously was the preserve of mountaineers and determined trekkers.

19 June 2007

Law Lords back Ramblers in footpaths case

England’s Law Lords have overturned a ruling that allowed landowners to close footpaths in an underhand way.The Ramblers’ Association (RA) successfully appealed against a decision which meant that owners could claim a footpath was not public even if no signs or barriers had been erected to warn walkers.

21 June 2007

Osprey drama ends in death

Speyside’s long-running soap opera, involving infidelity, death and a love triangle, has ended in tragedy.Henry the osprey’s final two chicks have died, leaving him and his mate with no offspring.

22 June 2007

Clear footpath or we'll see you in court, council told

A campaign group is threatening a London council with court action for failing to make sure a footpath is reopened.The Open Spaces Society says the footpath, across Northwick Park golf course, has been illegally blocked.

02 July 2007

Show washout puts damper on rescue team's new building

A rescue team in Yorkshire has had to ditch plans for a new building after torrential rain washed out one of its main fund-raising events.The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO), based at Clapham, aids both potholers and fellwalkers in the West of the Yorkshire Dales and parts of Cumbria.

03 July 2007

Rescue for Lakes walker after fall

Rescuers went to the aid of a teenager who fell in the Lake District yesterday evening.The 17-year-old girl was with a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team when she suffered a suspected broken ankle while making her way down to Wasdale Head on the Sprinkling Tarn route.Her team members used their tent for shelter and called for help.

04 July 2007

Search teams rescue lost Beacons walker

Rescue teams in south Wales found a man who was suffering from the cold after losing his way.Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and their neighbours Central Beacons MRT were involved in a four-and-a-half-hour search for the man, who was described as having learning difficulties.

10 July 2007

Dales website bosses want your views

Authorities in the Yorkshire Dales want to know what you think of their website.The national park authority says its site is important for keeping visitors up to date, but it wants your views on how useful it is, how easy to use you find it and whether its information is useful.

11 July 2007

Thousands expected at weekend outdoor event

Organisers of a Sheffield outdoor festival say they are expecting 30,000 visitors this weekend.Cliffhanger, a new venture, will include the British Bouldering Championships, a caving obstacle course, a chance to try scuba diving, bushcraft demonstrations and an alpine beer festival.

13 July 2007

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