Miliband tells Kinder meeting: land is a public good

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22 April 2007

Abseil trio disturbs Dales falcons

The peace of the famous Malham peregrine falcons has been disturbed by three people abseiling down the 80m cove where they are nesting.The three were seen by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) members last Sunday descending the left-hand side of the crag, despite notices warning of climbing restrictions.rag.The Malham falcons, above right.

20 April 2007

Ribblehead viaduct tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone on sale for the July walk across Ribblehead viaduct.Ribblehead viaduct, with Ingleborough, Simon Fell and Park Fell behind itOrganisers say you should act now if you want to take part, because numbers are limited.

20 April 2007

Kinder trespass remembered this weekend

Walkers have the chance to follow in some influential footprints this weekend.The Peak District town of New Mills will be alive with history as politicians, comedians, actors, campaigners and just bog-standard ramblers converge to celebrate the anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass.Trespassers set off for Kinder, April 1932It’s 75 years since Benny Rothman and his shabby horde of young walkers confronted the establishment on the slopes of the Peak’s highest hill and set in motion events that still resonate.

19 April 2007

Minister signals go-ahead for coastal access

Environment Secretary David Miliband has signalled he will accept Natural England’s proposals to set up a right-to-roam corridor around England’s coastline.Left: David Miliband and Kate Ashbrook of the Ramblers' Association at the celebration of the first anniversary of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in West YorkshireMr Miliband, who is being touted by many in the Labour Party as a successor to Tony Blair, will have gained support among many of the party’s traditional supporters, including those in the outdoor movement who see the right-to-roam as central to the party’s manifesto commitment to opening up the countryside.As the Ramblers’ Association (RA) and other campaigners prepare to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass, which many see as the pivotal event in the long struggle for access to Britain’s wild upland, the Environment Secretary told The Independent on Sunday that he would push through the proposals to create a corridor which would shift automatically inland if coastal erosion occurred – bypassing the mapping nightmare which made the Countryside and Rights of Way Act’s (CRoW Act) introduction so protracted.

10 April 2007

Law gives added protection to village greens

Campaigners are welcoming a new law which gives increased protection to village greens.From tomorrow, Good Friday, a section of the Commons Act 2006 comes into force, limiting one of the ways landowners can thwart registration of land as a green. Nicola Hodgson, the Open Spaces Society’s case officer, said:  “This clarification of the law will make it easier for people to apply to register land as a town or village green, thereby saving it from development and securing its enjoyment by the local population.

05 April 2007

Dales website adds activities section

A National Park authority has added a new section to its website to encourage activities in its area.Left: walkers in the Yorkshire Dales, with Ingleborough in the distance  The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has launched a Getting Active section to its site, to encourage visitors to do something physical in the Dales, whether it’s a gentle stroll, a fell run or a stint of rockclimbing.

04 April 2007

Fiennes Eiger adventure on TV tomorrow

There’s more TV interest for lovers of mountains tomorrow when ITV broadcasts the documentary of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s conquest of the Eiger’s North Face.Once again, you’ll need digital access because it’s being shown on ITV4.

03 April 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

Miliband courts Left at Kinder event

While the political world debated a young Labour politician’s decision to vote for a certain candidate in his party’s leadership elections, outdoor enthusiasts were mulling over his pronouncements made in a packed little hall in a small Derbyshire town.David Miliband in cheerful mood at New MillsDavid Miliband’s profile hit a peak this weekend with his stated support for Gordon Brown as next leader and therefore Prime Minister, but devotees of the mountains, fells and moors of Britain were dissecting his thoughts, made public before an audience of walkers, climbers, politicians and an odd comedian – we’ll let you decide which best fits the label – at the celebrations marking a piece of civil insurrection by a young Manchester Communist.Clearly, Miliband was out to court the traditional Left with much of what he said at the Kinder Scout mass trespass 75th anniversary event.

23 April 2007

Broadcaster's will benefits outdoor groups

Outdoor groups will benefit from a share of more than £½m left by broadcaster Tom Weir, who died last year.Most of his £586,273 was left to his widow Rhona Dickson, but the John Muir Trust will benefit to the tune of £5,000 and the Friends of Loch Lomond will receive £2,000.The woolly-hatted mountaineer who, in 1952, was one of the first mountaineers to explore the previously closed regions of Nepal, was best known for his long-running Weir’s Way on STV.

20 April 2007

Kinder anniversary events

The Derbyshire town of New Mills is the setting for most of the events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass.The plaque in Bowden Bridge quarry, Hayfield, which commemorates the Kinder mass trespass of 1932Environment Secretary David Miliband, who recently gave his blessing to the idea of a coastal access corridor, will be among speakers at the celebrations on Saturday, 21 April, in the town hall.The event is free, but organisers say only 300 people can attend the event, so they are advising those wanting to take part to get there early.

19 April 2007

Campaigners battle Pennine wind farm

Campaigners are urging two local authorities to reject a plan for a wind farm in the Pennines.London-based Coronation Power wants to build up to 12 wind turbines on Crook Hill, north of Littleborough on the Yorkshire-Greater Manchester border. The Open Spaces Society (OSS) says the land is common land and any development on the moor will need not just planning permission, but the Environment Secretary’s go-ahead too.

11 April 2007

Warnings as moorlands blaze across England

Firefighters were today still tackling a moorland blaze in Yorkshire that began on Sunday.In a worrying echo of last year’s fires which led to the closing of large areas of access land, separate moor fires have broken out in North Yorkshire, Northumberland, West Yorkshire and Derbyshire.Above: firefighters tackle a moor fire on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border last year Authorities are now warning visitors to upland areas not to start any fires and to exercise caution when on the moors.

09 April 2007

Dales peregrines on view again

It’s open house for two of the Yorkshire Dales’ most popular inhabitants from Monday.The famous peregrine falcons which nest on Malham Cove can be seen from 2 April when the falcon watch station is set up again.One of the Malham falcons, right.

31 March 2007

More evidence presented in Gloag access case

The Ramblers’ Association has submitted further written evidence in the case in which Stagecoach tycoon Ann Gloag is seeking to exclude the public from access land.Solicitors acting for the association claim she is asserting her rights but forgetting those of walkers who use access land.

03 April 2007

New signs for Dales section of Pennine Way

Waymarkers along the Yorkshire Dales section of the Pennine Way are being replaced with high-quality oak signs.The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has received a grant of £7,000 to replace 95 signs and markers along its section of the 270-mile National Trail.Above right: Pennine Way fingerpost on Cam High Road in the Yorkshire Dales51 miles of the long-distance path run through the Dales and Natural England, the Government agency for the outdoors, has given the money to upgrade and update the signs.

03 April 2007

New safety curbs on right-to-roam land?

Walkers have reacted with dismay to the news that the Government may change right-to-roam laws to include new safety measures.The review of access rules will come as part of moves to open up the coastline in a similar way to upland areas.

01 April 2007


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