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11 December 2007

Bid for Welsh mountains' beauty status

They have been described as the forgotten mountains of Wales, overshadowed by their big brothers in Snowdonia and their popular cousins in the Beacons.Now, the Cambrian Mountains could be in for a boost, if campaign groups have their way.

18 December 2007

Man dies after collapse on Lakes fell

A 64-year-old walker collapsed and died on a Lakeland fell.The man was walking with his wife when he slumped to the ground on Little Castle How, between Great Langdale and Easedale.

21 December 2007

Climbers reject Lakes hostel plan

Climbers have given the thumbs-down to plans to buy a disused youth hostel in the Lake District.The Climbers’ Club committee had wanted to set up a hut on the site of the former hostel at Stannah Cross, at the southern end of St John’s in the Vale, near Thirlmere.

23 December 2007

Floods close main road into Lakes

Heavy rain has affected much of the Lake District and police are warning visitors to take care on the region’s roads.Torrential downpours overnight led to the closing of the main route into the Lakes, the A591 northbound at Brettargh Holt, south of Kendal, because it was impassable due to flooding.

28 December 2007

Walker dies after Munro fall

A man died after a fall on a Scottish Munro yesterday.He slipped while walking with a group of friends on Beinn Sgritheall, overlooking Loch Hourn and Arnisdale.

30 December 2007

Blencathra fall victim named

Police today named the man who died after a fall from Sharp Edge on Blencathra.He was Alan Sharples, aged 60, from Lancaster.

01 January 2008

Pooh bridge footpath must be cleared, say planners

A developer has vowed to fight moves to make him remove an equestrian sand school blocking a path leading to the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge immortalised by author AA Milne.The local council says equestrian centre owner Ben Van Praagh has breached the terms of the original planning permission, and the sand school must be taken up.Pooh Sticks Bridge, in Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield, East Sussex, is the setting for the game played by Christopher Robin’s fictional animal friends Pooh and Piglet in the classic tale The House at Pooh Corner.

02 January 2008

Cairn Gorm poo chute a success, say rangers

Cairn Gorm’s poo chute is helping keep the mountain clean, as the winter season gets underway.Mountaineers, many of whom bivvy in snow holes on the tops, were asked to use the facility, rather than burying human waste, the volumes of which were starting to cause problems in the fragile arctic wilderness of the mountain’s summit plateau.The poo chute was set up in November last year so walkers and climbers could seal their waste in specially designed bags and bottles and dispose of them in the tube, which was set up in the Cairngorm Ski Area car park.

04 January 2008

Rescue teams in action over weekend

A south-coast climber was winched to a coastguard helicopter after becoming cragfast today.The 20-year-old man became stuck on a route 30m (100ft) above the sea at Anvil Point, Purbeck, Dorset.

17 December 2007

Guided walks in Dales programme

Park authorities in the Yorkshire Dales have released details of activities in the area for the first half of next year.The programme includes plenty of guided walks in the national park, with themes ranging from herb and wild food identification to early morning birdspotting.Activities start in February, with the walking sessions beginning a month later with an open access land route around Cotterdale.

19 December 2007

Rheged mountain exhibition shuts as numbers dwindle

The National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged, Cumbria, will close for good tomorrow, Christmas Eve.The museum’s owners failed to find funding for a cash injection for the exhibition, which has seen visitor numbers dwindle.

23 December 2007

Peak teams rescue injured Kinder walker

Two mountain rescue teams came to the aid of a walker who slipped on ice on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.The 52-year-old injured his spine and pelvis in the fall above Jacob’s Ladder, on the Pennine Way on Friday.

24 December 2007

Hypothermic walker among trio rescued from Snowdon

Three people were rescued from Snowdon after getting into trouble on the Pyg track.One of the three, who were all medical students from London, was evacuated by stretcher with hypothermia before being taken to the Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.Twenty members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team were involved in the operation, which took more than four hours.

28 December 2007

Man dies after fall on Sharp Edge

A walker died yesterday after falling 90m (300ft) from Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the northern Lake District.The man, aged 60, from Lancaster, was with his son when the accident happened about 1pm.

31 December 2007

Canoeist dies after Cumbia river incident

A canoeist died yesterday after getting into difficulties in fast flowing water in a Cumbrian river.The 50-year-old, believed to be from the Preston, Lancashire, area, was released by emergency crews after becoming trapped underwater in the River Crake, Spark Bridge, north of Ulverston.

01 January 2008

No raves promised at newly licensed hostels

Youth hostel owners have dismissed fears that 24-hour alcohol licences will lead to all-night raves.The YHA has applied for round-the-clock licences for all its 118 hostels, and 93 have so far been granted.

03 January 2008

Foot skeleton found in mountain area

Police have recovered a grim find in New Zealand’s southern Alps.A plastic climbing boot – complete with the remains of a foot – has been found.

04 January 2008

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