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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

Secretive tycoon's firm takes control of outdoor retailer

Controversial retailer Sports Direct has paid £5m for a 60 per cent stake in outdoor company Field & Trek.The acquisitive group, which last week launched a £67m deal for boxing brand Everlast, already owns 29 per cent of troubled outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure.

14 July 2007

Loo with a view for Europe's high spot

Alpinists will be relieved to hear some improbable news from the highest point in France.Authorities have installed two toilets near the summit of Mont Blanc, to counter what Saint-Gervais’s mayor Jean-Marc Peillix describes as the yellow and brown spots that blight the summit of the 4,808m mountain.The two conveniences have been airlifted to a point at 4,260m, making them Europe’s highest WCs.

23 July 2007

Cairn Gorm railway now open to walkers

Footsore walkers can now take a train ride down Cairn Gorm after the company that runs its funicular railway relaxed its rules.Previously, only downhill skiers and those taking a trip to the Ptarmigan restaurant were allowed to use the train.

24 July 2007

Blind water-skier in Windermere speed challenge

Lakeland authorities are considering taking action after the Windermere speed limit was allegedly broken by a boat towing a blind water-skier.Kevan Furber, the skipper of the boat, was interviewed after Lake District National Park Authority officers took video recordings and laser speed-gun readings.

25 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

Survey will quiz Dales Way walkers

How much is the Dales Way worth? That’s the question being posed by authorities who are surveying walkers on the route which runs from Ilkley in...

16 July 2007

Snowdonia goat killings rouse opposition

Campaigners have called for a halt to the slaughter of goats in Snowdonia.Several hundred names have been added to a petition calling on the National Trust to stop killing the goats which, the trust says, cause a nuisance in the Llanberis area.The National Trust (NT) says a ‘limited cull’ of the goats is necessary because they cause a hazard on roads in the area and are eating farm crops.

23 July 2007

Thousands hit the hill in penance on Sunday

Walkers seeking peace and solitude on one of Ireland’s best known mountains this weekend should forget the idea.Around 20,000 people will make their way this Sunday to the summit of the 764m (2,510ft) Croagh Patrick, the shapely cone of quartzite-covered rock near Westport in County Mayo.

25 July 2007

More woes for outdoor retail firm as shares plummet

Troubled retail company Sports Direct International saw its value drop by 23 per cent yesterday after it issued a profits warning.The Sports World parent firm, which has a 29 per cent stake in the Blacks Group of outdoor shops and which recently bought 60 per cent of Field & Trek, saw its shares crash from 190p to 147p.

25 July 2007


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