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01 December 2006

Kinfauns: life would be madness without fence

It would be ‘madness’ living in Kinfauns Castle without its controversial perimeter fence.That’s the view of Stagecoach millionairess Ann Gloag’s husband David McCleary, who said there had recently been a foiled attempt to steal treasures from the Perthshire mansion.Businessman Mr McCleary was giving evidence in the resumed hearing into Mrs Gloag’s attempt to exclude the public from her estate under Scotland’s right-to-roam legislation.

28 November 2006

Snowdon rescuers use phone to find walker

Mountain rescuers are resourceful, with a battery of equipment and techniques to find and help those of us in need on the fells.A Welsh team has probably just added a new method to the manual.

05 December 2006

Mountain weather service will continue

It looks as though the storm over the future the respected Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) has blown over.Both the voluntary-run MWIS and the official Met Office mountain-weather service will continue, following a meeting of the two organisations with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) last Friday.There had been fears that Geoff Monk’s MWIS would cease providing its current forecasts if the Met Office stepped in.

13 December 2006

Problems for climbers on Eagle Tor

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is warning climbers of access difficulties on a Peak crag.The owners of Eagle Tor, near Birchover in Derbyshire, have expressed concerns about the safety of their children playing in the area of the crag while climbers are on the rock.They also say human excrement and other litter have been found in the area.

15 December 2006

Cave death inquest will be held next year

An inquest will be held next year into the death of a schoolboy in a caving incident.North Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service decided no charges would be brought after 14-year-old Joseph Lister died in Manchester Hole in Upper Nidderdale.The teenager, a student at Tadcaster Grammar School, was in a party from the Bewerley Park Centre, run by North Yorkshire County Council.

15 December 2006

Climbers safe after Nevis rescue

Two Dutch climbers are safe after being rescued from Ben Nevis.Fifteen members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team mounted an eight-hour operation to rescue the pair, who became cragfast on Castle Gully.An RAF helicopter from HMS Gannet was also involved in the rescue of the men, aged 19 and 27.

26 December 2006

New avalanche blogs chart Scots snow

Scottish winter mountaineers can look forward to a Hogmanay of fresh snow as heavy falls are forecast for the various regions.The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has introduced new blogs for the Cairngorms and Lochaber, giving up-to-date reports for those venturing on to the mountains.Latest information from the Northern Cairngorms blog has heavy snow falling at midday today, with a rutsch block test in half a metre of fresh windslab.

31 December 2006

Scottish mountain marathon dates announced

This year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) will take place on the weekend of 9-10 June.The 2006 event took place in Assynt, in the far North-West of Scotland.

02 January 2007

Man dies in Snowdonia fall

A hillwalker died yesterday after falling from a ridge in Snowdonia.The 46-year-old man fell from Mynydd Tal-y-Mignedd, near Beddgelert forest.

28 November 2006

Wanted: climber with sign language skills

Mountain guide Alan Kimber is looking for an unusually qualified winter mountaineer. Alan, who runs West Coast Mountain Guides from his Fort William b...

30 November 2006

Survey reveals typical park visitor

Here at grough, we love statistics. OK, maybe not: it was Mark Twain, or possibly Benjamin Disraeli who said: “There are three kinds of lies: li...

05 December 2006

Snowdon summit building to be named today

Today is the momentous day when we shall all learn the name for the new Snowdon summit café.The Snowdonia National Park Authority is in the midst of demolishing the old Sir Clough Williams-Ellis-designed concrete bunker – once described by the Prince of Wales as Britain’s highest slum – to be replaced by a brand-new ‘visitor centre’.The National Park's Llinos Angharad said: “We're looking for something short, something quite catchy, something that would be easily remembered by everyone and also something that everybody can say.” grough hasn’t tested this on its younger staff, but how about: syphilis; or gonorrhoea.

13 December 2006

Ramblers offer chance to walk off Christmas excess

The Ramblers’ Association (RA) is offering everyone the chance to get rid of the effects of one too many mince pies over the festive season.Its Festival of Winter Walks starts on Boxing Day and runs (or rather walks) until 2 January, so you can shake off the effects of your New Year hangover too.There are walks taking place across Britain: from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall; Norfolk to the Lleyn Peninsula.  Frances Warneford, of the association, said: “Most of the routes are between four and seven miles.“Longer ones are generally arranged in a figure of eight format so walkers can stay for either the whole day or half a day.“More than 400 special strolls, many with a seasonal theme, are planned.

15 December 2006

Scottish climber's funeral today

The funeral was taking place today of climber Neil Batchelor, who died after falling during a solo ascent on Cairn Gorm last Friday.The 26-year-old, from Inverness, died while attempting Aladdin’s Couloir on Coire an t-Sneachda.

22 December 2006

Campaigners say cut speed on commons

A campaign has been launched to limit motorists to 40mph where roads cross common land.The Open Spaces Society is urging ministers to introduce a speed limit on unfenced commons.

29 December 2006

Dartmoor walkers' warning as boar attacks dogs

Walkers on Dartmoor have been warned to beware of wild boar following an attack by one of the beasts on two dogs.Police said a man was walking his dogs when a boar lunged aggressively at them.

02 January 2007

Climbers safe after Nevis search

A couple of climbers are safe after a major rescue operation on Ben Nevis. The pair, a 23-year-old woman and a man aged 24, were reported missing on T...

03 January 2007

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