Boquhan gates finally unlocked, court hears

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21 June 2008

Runner will attempt record 31 munros in one day

A mountain record that has stood for 20 years could be broken this weekend as a top fellrunner tries to conquer the most munros in 24 hours.Glen Affric, site of the munro attemptSwan-ScotSteve Pyke, from the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club, will attempt 30 of Scotland’s 3,000-footers this Saturday, making use of the maximum daylight hours afforded by the summer solstice.

20 June 2008

Peak moors project bids for Lottery glory

A Peak District project is in the running to win cash from the National Lottery.One of the research projects on the Peak moorlandsMoors for the Future has reached the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards – one of ten battling for the chance to appear on television and pick up a grant in the environment section.

18 June 2008

MBEs for outdoor volunteers in Birthday Honours

Three outdoors activists received gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.Alfie Ingram, who chairs the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and has been a voluntary member since the 1950s, was awarded the MBE.

15 June 2008

Blog update: locals scent the Trump dollars

Money talks. It talks with arrogance and disdain. If any other man with the bizarre comb-over of Donald Trump flounced into an Aberdeenshire hall, he ...

12 June 2008

Climbing festival for Lakes this weekend

The first Lakes Festival of Climbing ropes up this weekend with the idea of reinvigorating the art of climbing the region’s high crags.The festival is based, sensibly, at a pub – the Newfield Inn – at Seathwaite in the Duddon Valley.

13 June 2008

Call police if you need mountain rescue, pleads team

A Lakeland rescue team reminded walkers to ring the police if they need the mountain rescue services.Striding Edge: a man collapsed en route for the ridgeThe plea followed an incident on Helvellyn yesterday morning during which a man collapsed.

08 June 2008

Shropshire town is latest to welcome walkers

Another town has joined the growing band offering a warm reception to walkers.Kate Ashbrook opens the Church Stretton celebrationsJohn CorfieldChurch Stretton in Shropshire is the seventh town to gain the Walkers Are Welcome status which guarantees a walker-friendly environment.

06 June 2008

Clean-up team finds wheelchair buried on Ben Nevis

What have the following in common: a bed, a piano, a Model-T Ford, a barrel of beer and a wheelbarrow?John Muir Trust's Sandy Maxwell in the foreground with two volunteers and the wheelchairYes, they have all been found on the summit of Britain’s highest mountain.

03 June 2008

Dales Way features on BBC1 this weekend

The Dales Way will feature in this week’s Countryfile programme on BBC1.Pippa Rayner, the YDMT Hay Time Project officer, with John CravenYDMTPresenter John Craven has been out and about filming in the Yorkshire Dales national park.

18 June 2008

TV presenter hits out at canoe industry after daughter's death

A TV presenter launched a fierce attack on the canoe-hire industry after an inquest into his daughter’s death.Billie ClaytonIan Clayton, who appears on ITV Yorkshire, was speaking outside a court in Welshpool where a verdict of misadventure was recorded on nine-year-old Billie Holiday Clayton, who drowned in an incident on the River Wye in April 2006.Billie’s twin brother Edward and Mr Clayton both survived when their hired canoe capsized, at Glasbury, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys.  The presenter said he had to make a choice between saving his son or daughter after the craft got into difficulties on a fast-flowing section of the river.

18 June 2008

Thousand walkers complete Highland challenge

More than a thousand walkers and runners tackled a charity challenge in the Highlands at the weekend.The West Highland Way, route of the challengeThe competitors made the trek from Glen Nevis to Ardleish, on the banks of Loch Lomond, following the route of the West Highland Way.

16 June 2008

MP to make plea for mountain-rescue tax break

A Cumbria MP is to meet a Treasury minister to plead for a tax exemption for mountain rescuers.A rescue Land Rover, due for a tax rise to more than £400Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, will put the case for rescue teams’ vehicles to be exempt from road tax when he meets Angela Eagle, the Treasury minister in charge of excise.

10 June 2008

Hillwalking in the can after filming in Scotland and Lakes

The latest mountain-adventure film was completed last week in the Lake District and Scotland.But there will be no Clint Eastwood dangling from a rope on the North Face of the Eiger, nor Griff Rhys Jones quaking in the Cuillins.

12 June 2008

'Clock is ticking' for 20,000 lost paths

Outdoor groups fear rights of way that have existed for centuries could be lost forever if a legal deadline for recording them is not put back.Routes on Definitive Maps, such as this one are safe, but thousands are at riskThis follows the announcement in March that the Government’s Discovering Lost Ways project was being abandoned.

10 June 2008

Lakes rescuers' knockout event to mark anniversary

Lakeland mountain rescuers will mark their anniversary with a day of events culminating in a knockout challenge.Mountain rescuers in actionThe district’s twelve mountain rescue teams will take on other emergency services in an It’s a Knockout competition next month, to mark 75 years of mountain rescue in the UK.

06 June 2008

Mountain marathon heads for Glenfinnan

Organisers today announced that this year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon will take place in the area around Glenfinnan, in the western Highlands.Competitors in last year's LAMMThe location is kept secret until the event, which takes place this weekend, is imminent.

05 June 2008

Climber injured in Snowdon fall

A man survived a fall while climbing on Snowdon today.The 31-year-old, from Crewe, was airlifted to hospital after the accident on Crib y Ddysgl.

04 June 2008


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