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02 August 2007

Campaigners slam footpath ?gold standard?

A pressure group says Cornwall’s grading of footpaths is unacceptable.Despite having a legal obligation to keep footpaths clear, the county council’s new draft access strategy says some paths are ‘not needed for public use’.The Open Spaces Society (OSS), which campaigns for the maintenance of commons and rights of way, fears this designation will lead to the authority turning a blind eye to problems on those paths.

04 August 2007

Lowther Hills are venue for mountain marathon

Organisers have revealed the previously secret venue for the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM) – formerly known to generations of masochistic runners and walkers as the KIMM.

07 August 2007

Lairig Ghru walker rescued after night search

A walker was rescued after spending a night out in bad weather in the Cairngorms.The Glasgow man was separated from his companion in the Lairig Ghru and the alarm was raised about 7.45pm last night.

13 August 2007

Dog walkers told: watch those cows

Authorities have warned dog walkers to take care around cows and calves. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority issued advice to say the animals ...

14 August 2007

Cyclists plead not to be forgotten in coastal access campaign

Cyclists are pleading not to be left out of the coastal access campaign.The Cyclists’ Touring Club – the campaigning body for those on two wheels – says the Government’s consultation on creating a coastal access corridor is only aimed at walkers.

14 August 2007

Horse riders demand access voice

Horse riders are demanding a voice in future access issues, including the coastal-access campaign.Campaign group the British Horse Society says it is worried the new coastal arrangements, currently nearing their consultation period, will exclude equestrians.

30 August 2007

Peak pack-horse route restored for walkers

Park authorities have restored an ancient path in the Peak District. The hollow-way, a sunken pack-horse trail above the Hope Valley, links with ex...

30 August 2007

Dales bridleway due for completion by 2009

Yorkshire Dales authorities say they hope to have the whole section of a new national trail in their area complete by 2009.The Pennine Bridleway will run from the Derbyshire Peak District to Byrness in Northumberland.

04 September 2007

Foot and mouth: it's back

The spectre of a British countryside out-of-bounds returned again today with the news that foot-and-mouth disease has been confirmed in cattle at a farm near Guildford in Surrey.Already, animal movements across Britain have been banned; the gathering of animals is restricted, as is dipping and shearing and all farms have been ordered to increase their biosecurity.

04 August 2007

'Titanium Man' completes triathlon challenge

The man dubbed the ‘Titanium Man’ has completed a gruelling charity challenge.Quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew finished his Ironman-length triathlon earlier today.

05 August 2007

Foot-and-mouth: is the end nigh?

The Government’s top animal expert says farmers must continue to keep a close eye on their livestock, despite the news that a suspected case outside the original infection area proved negative.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday lifted the control zone it had set up around a farm at Wotton, near Dorking in Surrey.

12 August 2007

Reward after Borders eagle is poisoned

Conservationists have offered a £1,000 reward to help catch the poisoner of a golden eagle in the Scottish Borders.The female of the region’s only breeding pair was found dead and a search of the surrounding grouse moor found bait containing the banned chemical carbofuran.

14 August 2007

Foot-and-mouth control zones set up round two new sites

Government officials are analysing samples from two new sites at the centre of foot-and-mouth scares after animals showed symptoms of the virus.A temporary 3km control zone has been set up around each of the premises, at Romney Marsh in Kent, and in Surrey, between Epsom and Esher.

14 August 2007

Nevis: no more memorials, please

Relatives of recently deceased mountain lovers have been told not to waste their time placing memorials on Britain’s highest peak.Any cairns or plaques placed to mark the lives of the dead will be removed from Ben Nevis.

30 August 2007

GPS tracks Ingleborough cows

If you caught the Pennine episode of Griff Rhys Jones’s Mountain odyssey, you may remember the furry-eared cows being introduced to the karst landscape of the Yorkshire Dales limestone pavements in an attempt to preserve the delicate fauna of the area which sheep destroy with their ravenous feeding regimes.Well, the little cows have gone high tech and can now boast GPS sat-nav as they wander around the clints and grykes of the Dales.One of the cows wearing a GPS collar The herd of 50 Blue Grey and beef Shorthorn cattle now wears collars which use the Global Positioning System devices to record where they are, whether they are on the move and even whether they are grazing or not – talk about Big Brother.

30 August 2007

Welsh police crack down on country crime

South Wales Police seized five off-road bikes and arrested a number of people yesterday in their continuing campaign against countryside crime.One of the arrests was in connection with possession of a bird of prey and the others concerned stolen vehicles.

03 September 2007

New guide to clearing footpath clutter

Did you know there was a British Standard for gates and stiles? Or that landowners need consent from the authorities before they erect such structures...

11 September 2007

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