New safety curbs on right-to-roam land?

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01 April 2007

Don't rely on mobiles, say rescuers

Lake District fellwalkers should not rely on their mobile phones to get themselves out of trouble.That’s the message from a rescue team who spent an hour searching for a walker on the wrong fell because of a poor phone message.Right: Sharp Edge, scene of the original searchKeswick Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) received a 999 call for assistance about 1.30pm on Tuesday this week, but had no indication of the nature of the casualty’s injury or whereabouts because of a poor signal from the phone.The team tried to estimate the walker’s location by triangulating the signal, working out it probably came from the Threlkeld area or Sharp Edge on nearby Blencathra.

29 March 2007

Lake District map course on offer

There’s a chance to brush up your map and compass skills over the Easter break.The Lake District National Park Authority is running an event based  around Grasmere to help you find your way around on the fells.Easter Monday is the date for the gathering, which starts at the Stock Lane car park in the village.The following day, you can join a guided walk around the Keswick area where you can explore landscape and heritage, while on 12 April there a chance to take in a stroll around the 12th century Dacre Church and Dalemain Park.The map and compass day costs £5 to adults and £3 to children.

27 March 2007

Munros: two more for the list?

Those smug baggers among grough’s readership who are resting on their Munro laurels may have to get their boots back on.Surveyors have been drafted in to see if two Scottish peaks can be added to the 284 which already qualify as 3,000-footers.Foinaven and Beinn Dearg, both in the North of Scotland, fall tantalisingly short of the magic metric equivalent of being 914.4m high.

25 March 2007

Scots Ramblers' president hit by third tragedy

The newly elected president of the Ramblers’ Association in Scotland has suffered a third family tragedy.Dennis Canavan, the former Labour MP turned Independent, lost his 41-year-old son Mark to motor neurone disease, less than three months after the death of his 35-year-old son, also called Dennis, from a brain tumour.In 1989, Mr Canavan’s son Paul died at the age of 16 from skin cancer.  Mr Canavan, the MSP for Falkirk West, will fly to Australia for the funeral of Mark who lived there with his wife Sandra and five-year-old son Tommy.

22 March 2007

Paddlers' massive 'no' to Lake District charges

Paddlers and sailors have given a massive thumbs-down to the Lakeland authority’s plans to charge for use of the national park’s lakes.

16 March 2007

Norway ski survivor: 'We weren't ill-equipped'

A father whose son died beside him on a Norwegian cross-country ski-ing trip has denied claims his group was ill-equipped.Right: the Hardangervidda plateau.

14 March 2007

New curbs for vehicles on Lakeland pass

Off-road vehicle users face more restrictions on a Lake District route that is popular with walkers and cyclists.Left: the route up Longsleddale, with the Gatescarth Pass at its headGatescarth Pass leads from Longsleddale to Mardale Head in the East of the national park.

11 March 2007

Green footprints in run-up to Scots election

Scottish activists will make their mark at the next election with a campaign to stamp a green footprint across the country’s politics.Environmentalists are urging Scots to vote with their feet – by sending their own footprint, in green ink, to candidates in the May elections.The John Muir Trust is among Scottish environment charities bidding to raise the green agenda at election time.

05 March 2007

Women only for Causey Pike walk

This news is for women only, so all the male readers of grough can go away and play with their GPSs for a couple of minutes.As part of the Keswick Mountain Festival, Pace the Peaks, a woman-run mountain walk outfit, is organising a female-only walk up Causey Pike – and there’s a free gift for everyone who takes part.Festival organisers said: “If you enjoy walking with other women, this is for you.“Start the day with a trip on the launch across Derwent Water.

02 April 2007

Mountaineer seriously injured on Cairn Gorm

The Cairngorms corrie that was the site of five fatalities a few months ago has seen another mountaineer injured this week.An unnamed 38-year-old woman received serious head injuries in an incident in Coire an t-Sneachda yesterday.She was airlifted from the peak, in the Northern Corries of Cairn Gorm, by a helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, where she is being treated.Police have not released details of the woman nor her condition.

28 March 2007

No fooling: tick this Sunday in your diaries

Get your diaries out: we have an exciting date for you.1 April is the beginning of Tick Prevention Week.

27 March 2007

Ten Tors death: 'no negligence'

Police investigating the death of a schoolgirl during training for the Ten Tors event on Dartmoor say there is no evidence of criminal behaviour or negligence.The funeral of Charlotte Shaw, 14, took place today, attended by many of her school mates, including team members who were with her, from the private Edgehill College, Bideford.

21 March 2007

Fiennes conquers the Ogre

“I'm 63 years old. I'm terrified of heights. I've had a double heart bypass.” So said Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He could have added...

17 March 2007

Access-case tycoon showed 'lack of respect' to court

A Scottish tycoon who wants to keep walkers off her estate has been accused of showing a lack of respect to a court.Stagecoach boss Ann Gloag’s reasons for not turning up in person to the hearing into access on her land have been described as ‘derisory’.The Ramblers’ Association counsel John Campbell QC said it was extraordinary that she had chosen not to attend a hearing she had herself brought.

14 March 2007

Baby sleeps through Wasdale rescue drama

A 14-month-old baby was among a family party rescued from the flanks of Scafell Pike.40 Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) members were involved in the search for the missing family of four, who had got lost descending England’s highest peak.All four, from Bude in Cornwall, were unharmed after their ordeal, which began on Monday night when they took a wrong turn coming off the mountain and ended up in Piers Gill at the head of Wasdale.

19 February 2007

Low down on the high-level route north

Picture this: a private company wants to build a massive new transport route through some of England’s wildest country.Right: on the route, wild Pennine sceneryThousands of foreign workers will be employed during the construction project, and local resources will be plundered to provide stone and other raw materials for building.It will be necessary to build a temporary town to house the workers as well as a factory on an upland moor close to limestone pavement and cave systems.

08 March 2007

Russian Nevis woman 'lucky to be alive'

Rescuers say a Russian woman was lucky to survive after spending the night in freezing conditions on Ben Nevis.The woman was reported missing late on Thursday evening and Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team started a search, despite her having phoned her boyfriend earlier to say she was off the hill.She was found at 1.30pm near the Allt Coire Eoghainn with a badly broken leg.

05 March 2007


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