Skye warning signs will be toned down

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28 November 2007

North York Moors face job losses as money crisis looms

The North York Moors National Park faces job cuts if expected Government grant-aid is frozen.Carlton Bank, North York Moors National Park The authority could be more than £¾m in the red in four years’ time unless it makes cuts in its services.

22 November 2007

Beavers to make an appearance in Brecon?

After plans for introducing wolves into our isles, there’s a cuddlier alternative on offer.400 years after they became extinct in Wales, beavers could make a comeback if conservationists have their way.Speaking at the annual Welsh Conservation Management Conference in Brecon, wildlife ecologist Derek Gow described the furry rodents as ‘nature’s architect’.He said there was merit in bringing the creatures back to Wales: “They are incredible at creating huge, vigorous wetland landscapes that are tremendously important for a whole range of smaller species, for example water voles.”They are also tremendously useful in the introduction of double entendre in post-walk jokes in pubs, along the lines of: “I saw a beautiful sleek beaver when I was skinny dipping in the river, Dafydd.” Derek didn’t actually say that, but grough thought it was high time to inject some smut before anyone else did.Paul Sinnadurai, senior ecologist with the Brecon Beacons National Park, said the conference had looked at many conservation issues.He said: “A lot of conservationists themselves are very ambivalent about the idea of the beaver.” Stop tittering at the back.

22 March 2007

Griff fakery furore is over the top

The national newspapers are getting all hot under their collars at another piece of television fakery – this time involving Griff Rhys Jones’s Mountain.Griff Rhys Jones: peak performance questioned Dave Hewitt and Magnus Linklater yesterday wrote in The Times that Jones never got to the summit of Ben Nevis, as he claimed in an episode of Mountain, produced by RDF, the company at the centre of the Queen documentary storm.Jones admitted his mistake a day later in the Daily Mirror.

20 November 2007

Rescuers warn walkers away from Lakes blackspot

A Lakeland rescue team is warning walkers to beware after their third rescue in a year in a notorious blackspot.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was on the fells for seven hours rescuing a man and a woman from Piers Gill on the flank of Scafell Pike.

18 November 2007

Cairn marks rescue team's tragic beginnings

Volunteers and farming families today joined in a service to commemorate a tragedy that led to the setting up of a mountain rescue service.A cairn has been built to mark the loss of two farmers whose deaths resulted in the establishment of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

17 November 2007

Peer's son loses Sussex footpath battle

Walkers in Sussex are celebrating after an inspector turned down demands to divert public paths at a stately home.The Hon Charles Pearson, owner of the Pitshill House, and half brother of Lord Cowdray, had wanted to move a public bridleway away from the dilapidated Georgian mansion.

14 November 2007

Kendal hosts mountain festivals this weekend

The Big Daddy of English mountain culture gets underway this weekend.The Kendal Mountain Festivals are now established as the premier venue for film and literature with a mountaineering bent and this year’s big names are Joe Simpson, who will be in the Cumbrian town for the big-screen premiere of The Beckoning Silence, and Geoff Powter, a Canadian psychologist whose book We Cannot Fail: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness, provides the literary theme for the festival.The film festival rolls into Kendal on Friday night, 9 November, with Asif Kapadia’s Far North, starring Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh, shot in the Arctic and, apparently, the tale of how a soldier's unexpected arrival affects two women's simple existence.

07 November 2007

Court clears naked rambler

A naked rambler has been cleared of causing alarm following a cliff-top walk.Police in Dorset mounted a major operation to keep a close watch on 20 naturist walkers who took part in a charity event in June.

29 October 2007

Elk join boars on controversial Alladale estate

Two elk have been flown in to bolster the population of wild animals on Paul Lister’s Alladale estate in Sutherland.The young animals were airlifted in from Sweden to Inverness, from where they were transported by road.

27 November 2007

Canoeists lead the battle for Wales access

Paddlers in Wales are leading the fight for open access.Canoeists and kayakers want the same rights enjoyed by water users in Scotland – and their campaign could have a knock-on effect for walkers and cyclists.The Welsh Canoeing Association (WCA) is pressing the Welsh Assembly Government to introduce a bill on the same lines as the Land Reform (Scotland) Act.

22 November 2007

Jon's heading for the top in his dream job

It’s been described as a dream job, but others would view it as a nightmare.The post involves strapping on a 15kg rucksack every day and clambering up one of the Lake District’s highest mountains in snow, wind and rain – and its latest recruit is delighted.Weatherline's Jon Bennett: dream job on the fell tops Former hotel manager Jon Bennett has joined the two-man team that produces the Lake District National Park’s daily Weatherline fell-top reports.

20 November 2007

Dales experts appeal for help to solve gruesome mystery

Experts want your help to try to solve a macabre mystery in the Yorkshire Dales.Archaeologists working in the south of the national park have found gruesome remains in the ruins of old limekilns – and they are baffled by the discoveries.Ingleborough Archaeology Group chairman David Johnson with some of the bones John Asher Horses’ bones were found at Feizor and Newby Cote, near Clapham.

19 November 2007

Neath gorge walker rescued after fall

Members of three Welsh mountain rescue teams were involved in the rescue of a man injured while gorge walking.The 22-year-old was airlifted by helicopter after injuring himself in a fall in the Neath Valley.

19 November 2007

Sign up for GPS jamming alerts

Picture the scene: you’re in a white-out with precipitous crags either side and you desperately need to know how far it is to the safe route off your peak.You’re not sure just where you are on the map, so out comes your trusty GPS receiver.

14 November 2007

Scrap European sat-nav system, says committee

A troubled European alternative to the American GPS satellite-navigation system should be scrapped if it can’t be funded by private capital, according to a leading parliamentarian.Gwyneth Dunwoody, chairman of the Transport Select Committee,  warned against spending billions of pounds on an unnecessary project.

12 November 2007

Take the snow test before you head for the mountains

The fleeting summer is now a distant memory and the temperature has started to plummet.The first snows have already fallen on the Scottish mountains and with them, the risk that someone will be caught in an avalanche.

11 November 2007

Lakeland pass to close next week

Cumbrian authorities are warning climbers and walkers that a major pass will be closed to traffic from next week.Kirkstone Pass, linking Windermere with Ullswater, is being resurfaced at a cost of £200,000.

29 October 2007


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