Police name Cumbria canoe accident victim

Police have named a man who drowned in a canoeing accident in Cumbria.David Thorne, 49, was from Talybont-on-Usk, Powys.

05 January 2007

Arrest follows third mountain rescue

A man was arrested in Wales after calling out mountain rescuers three times in the last four months.Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was mobilised in October, December and finally last week to rescue the 46-year-old, who has not been named.He was arrested shortly before midnight last Friday on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, but subsequently released without charge.

09 January 2007

Fourth climber dies on Cairn Gorm

A Scottish mountain has claimed the life of a fourth climber in less than two months.The man died yesterday in Coire an-t Sneachda on Cairn Gorm after falling 500ft.

11 January 2007

Police name Cairn Gorm fall victim

Police have named the man who died in a fall in the Northern Corries of Cairn Gorm this week.Hugh Pitcairn was a 20-year-old mechanical engineering student at Bristol University.

12 January 2007

Chance to walk with Hinkes for top bidders

Five places are up for grabs on a walk around the Lakeland fells with mountain legend Alan Hinkes.Mr Hinkes, famous for crocking himself after choking on chapatti flour, as well as being the first Brit to conquer all the world’s 8,000m mountains, will lead the walk from Keswick in May.All you have to do is win a charity auction on eBay.

20 January 2007

Lancashire quarry ban looms for climbers

Climbers are facing a ban at a Lancashire quarry because of traffic problems.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is warning that the owner of the popular climbing venue is threatening to close the land to climbers because of inconsiderate parking.The quarry, north of Pendle Hill, was for many years banned to cragrats and was only reopened after negotiation of an access agreement.

22 January 2007

Common opened up after 12 years

Campaigners are celebrating the opening up of common land 12 years after it was fenced off.A parish council has now taken possession of the land, near Storrs, west of Sheffield, on the edge of the Peak National Park.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) had supported Bradfield Parish Council’s bid to have Lee Moor Common, a two-acre site, opened up for the public.

25 January 2007

Cash-strapped Lakes body to shed staff

Lake District National Park staff have been told there will be redundancies following what the park authority calls ‘a major restructure’.Managers have started consultations with unions and staff before a decision is made by members of the Lake District National Park Authority in March.

01 February 2007

Scots outdoor groups line up against pylons

The inquiry into the controversial plans to build a new power line through some of Scotland’s most scenic country opened today.More than 17,000 objections to the scheme have been received so far, including submissions from mountaineering, walking and conservation groups.Local authorities and Scottish Natural Heritage are also opposing the plan, which would involve the renewal of the line from Beauly near Inverness to Denny, 137 miles away, near Stirling.

06 February 2007

Saxon Shore Way victory for campaigners

Campaigners are celebrating an inspector’s decision not to allow 18 houses to be built near a long-distance footpath.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) had backed Medway Council, in Kent, in opposing the construction of 18 extra dwellings on open land in a conservation area at Gillingham Green.Following a public inquiry, the inspector Ava Wood ruled dismissed the appeal by Taylor Woodrow Developments who had wanted to build on land crossed by the Saxon Shore Way, a long-distance path.Ms Wood said: “This swathe of open ground provides relief from the intensity of development in the locality.”Pat Wilson, local representative of the OSS, said: “This is a brilliant New Year present for all Gillingham and Medway residents who enjoy the land near Gillingham Strand and the many people who walk the Saxon Shore Way.“The area is largely defined by the chain of open spaces that connect and contribute to the setting of the prominent, Grade II listed, ancient church and to the church grounds.“‘We are grateful to councillors who stuck to their guns over so many years to protect this oasis, and to the Medway Countryside Forum who supported them at the public inquiry.”.

06 January 2007

Foot-and-mouth scare over as pigs cleared

A foot-and-mouth disease scare is over after scientists gave the all-clear to samples taken from pigs.Officials had examined specimens taken from an abattoir in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

09 January 2007

Residents' blockade stops council path work

Council workers were forced to abandon surfacing work on an old drovers’ track after a blockade by residents.Locals in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, cut off the 200-year-old cobbled road with cars when they saw council workermen tarring over the surface.Scottish Borders Council had to abandon work on the half-mile stretch, which forms part of the Southern Upland Way.

11 January 2007

Ramblers' figurehead arrested on race charge

A Ramblers’ Association vice-president has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a woman.Police bailed Janet Street-Porter after questioning her when she voluntarily went to a north London police station.A spokesman said: “On 16 January, a 59-year-old woman attended a north London police station by appointment and was arrested in connection with an alleged racially aggravated public-order offence.“She was later bailed to return in February pending further inquiries.”Ms Street-Porter was president of the Ramblers’ Association between 1994 and 1997 and is now a vice-president, an honorary title accorded to those who have served as president.

17 January 2007

Highland casualty airlifted to hospital

A man was taken to hospital today after falling while on a Highland mountain.The unnamed casualty was airlifted by Royal Navy helicopter to Belford Hospital in Fort William after the incident in the Stob Coire Easain area near Roy Bridge, Lochaber.The alarm was raised early this afternoon and the aircrew from HMS Gannet flew the man to hospital.

20 January 2007

Ratho reopening put back to next month

The partial re-opening of the troubled Ratho Centre in Edinburgh has been put back to next month.The £30m centre, which went into receivership in 2004, was bought by Edinburgh City Council and is now being run by Edinburgh Leisure, a not-for-profit organisation.

24 January 2007

Brecon national park wants your pictures

The Brecon Beacons National Park is fifty this year and its authority wants your memories of living in the area.But, in common with many organisations now, the National Park Authority is on a rights-grab of any material submitted by the public.In essence, the authority wants you to sign over all rights if you send them photographs which end up winning its competition.

01 February 2007

Helicopter rescue for Crib Goch mountaineer

An RAF helicopter rescued a woman lost in the dark on Snowdon.The unnamed woman, from York, used her mobile phone to call for help when she became disoriented on Crib Goch.She rang the rescue services around 8pm last night and a search-and-rescue helicopter was scrambled from nearby RAF Valley on Anglesey.

07 February 2007

Fort William festival starts this week

Fort William hosts its annual mountain festival later this week.The fortnight of celebrations of everything to do with the pointy bits of our landscape kicks off (or should that be strides out?) on Friday with winter workshops on walking and avalanche awareness, a photography exhibition of Shackleton’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition and writing workshops.There will also be the first viewing of the light show on the hillside of Meall an t-Slamain plus a lecture on white-water kayaking.

12 February 2007


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