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Fellsman Hike: the agony, the ecstasy, the flapjack

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14 May 2007

PM's home centre of criminal-trespass row

A campaign group has succeeded in forcing the Home Office into a U-turn on a law which would have banned the public from right-to-roam land near the Prime Minister’s country home.The land, at Beacon Hill, half a mile from Chequers in Buckinghamshire, had been included in controversial regulations which would have meant walkers risked being arrested for venturing on to access land.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) spotted that a parliamentary order made it a criminal offence to walk on Beacon Hill, which overlooks the Elizabethan mansion which has been the official residence of premiers since 1921.

11 May 2007

Lakeland incidents cause rescuers concern

Rescuers say fellwalkers should make sure they can find their way before venturing on to the Lakeland mountains.They have raised concerns about the increase in incidents, including a death and a serious injury in the past week.

10 May 2007

?2m campaign to take Lakes upmarket

Tourism bosses in the Lake District have hired an agency to take the region upmarket.Cumbria will now be marketed as a destination aimed at ‘chic seekers’ looking for a sophisticated weekend away.Quite what the ABC1s will make of the thousands of Gore-Tex-clad walkers and climbers traipsing through their upmarket playground remains to be seen.

06 May 2007

Three Peaks: take three

Our third batch of photographs from the Three Peaks Race is now uploaded. You can see the collection by clicking here. You can also order pictures fro...

03 May 2007

Brit climber's Everest burial trip

The skewed ethics of high-altitude mountaineering are back under the microscope as British climber Ian Woodall returns to Mount Everest to bury the bodies of three people who perished there.Woodall attracted flak for leaving American climber Francys Arsentiev dying on the Himalayan peak.

02 May 2007

Hat trick for Three Peaks winner Rob Jebb

King of the fells Rob Jebb today made it three Three Peaks wins in a row as he took the crown in the one of the country’s toughest fell races.Bingley Harrier Rob beat 509 other runners to complete the course in his fastest ever time.Rob, 32, completed the 24-mile course in 2 hours 51 mins 49 secs, nearly 2½ minutes less than his effort last year.

29 April 2007

grough's new look

The more perceptive among our readers will have noticed that grough has had a spring makeover.We’re coming up to our first birthday, so we thought we’d give you a new-look website, with easier-to-read typefaces and a more logical layout to ease navigation.

29 April 2007

Memories of Kinder mark anniversary

Did you get out today? Did you get the chance to stroll across the moors or take in a fell or a crag.If you did, spare a thought for the five young me...

24 April 2007

Fellsman Hike: Hartell makes it ten

Ultra-long-distance expert Mark Hartell put his stamp on the Fellsman Hike this weekend with an emphatic tenth win to equal the record number of firsts.He topped the list of 154 hardy hikers who completed the gruelling 62-mile course over some of the toughest terrain in the Yorkshire Dales, in weather ranging from torrential rain to bright sunshine.Read our account of this annual bog-trotting, fell-conquering festival of endurance, with pictures from the event.Winner Mark Hartell approaches the final checkpoint at Yarnbury See our collection of Fellsman Hike photographs at our photosales website .

14 May 2007

Chernobyl lamb ban still in force 21 years on

Nine Cumbrian hill farms are still banned from selling meat because of high radiation levels caused by the Chernobyl accident.It is 21 years since the Ukrainian nuclear reactor exploded and spread a huge cloud of radioactive dust across western Europe.

11 May 2007

Fellsman Hikers tackle 62-mile route this weekend

More than 200 runners and walkers will this weekend tackle the gruelling challenge that is the Fellsman Hike.The route takes competitors over 62 miles of Yorkshire Dales terrain and involves 11,000 feet of ascent.

09 May 2007

Dales police say hen harriers may have been killed

Police fear the Yorkshire Dales’ only pair of breeding hen harriers may have been killed.Despite regular monitoring, the birds disappeared two weeks ago in an area known in the past for persecution of the birds of prey.

05 May 2007

Winter warmth puts Blacks in the red

The heat is on outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure after it plunged into the red.High temperatures and dry weather are blamed for the group’s reported pre-tax loss of £13.8m for the year ended 3 March 2007.  This compares with a profit of £21.4m the previous year.Retail sales were down 2.7% in what the chairman David Bernstein described as ‘a difficult year’.

03 May 2007

Three Peaks Race pictures now online

We've added an online gallery of photographs from the Three Peaks Race to our site.You can see the collection by clicking here.

01 May 2007

Rescue for 'poorly equipped' Snowdon walkers

A party of three was rescued from Snowdon after taking an evening walk up the mountain to visit the café – which was pulled down last year.The two men and a woman, described by mountain rescuers as ‘poorly equipped’ were found by an RAF helicopter using a thermal-imaging camera after they phoned emergency services around 10pm.The walkers were trapped on the Pyg Track and were said to be wearing jeans and sweatshirts.

30 April 2007

Have you seen a Green Hairstreak?

Walkers are being asked to turn wildlife detectives to help a unique species.The Green Hairstreak butterfly is the only on in Britain to have green wings, and conservation experts are turning to the outdoors public to help them spot them.The Green Hairstreak butterfly The charity Butterfly Conservation and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) have teamed up to run the survey of sightings of the distinctive insect, which this year has appeared two weeks earlier than usual.

28 April 2007

Miliband tells Kinder meeting: land is a public good

Environment Secretary David Miliband joined more than 300 people at a celebration today of the 75th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass.Mr Miliband, seen by many as a future leader of the Labour Party, told the gathering at the Peak District town of New Mills, that land is a public good.

22 April 2007

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