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07 May 2008

Praise for couple who ran three miles to help walker

Rescuers have praised a couple who ran 5km (3 miles) to raise the alarm after seeing a man fall in a remote Yorkshire Dales gorge.Swinner Gill, SwaledaleDenise Pickard and Dave Clarke saw the 50-year-old walker summersault down the hillisde and hit his head on a rock after the fall in Swinner Gill, Swaledale.

07 May 2008

Grant aids Tom's 150-mile solar powered kayak trip

A paddler was due to set off this weekend on a 150-mile trip up the west coast of Scotland, using solar power to provide his energy.Tom PendryTom Pendry will travel by sea kayak from Barra the length of the Western Isles.

04 May 2008

'Clueless' walkers under fire after six-hour rescue

Mountain experts have criticised a school after a group of its students was rescued from a Lake District fellside this morning after a search involving 35 volunteers.Upper Eskdale and Great Moss, scene of the searchThe walkers were described as ‘clueless’ by a mountain rescue leader, who said the school they attend are ‘regular customers’ of the rescue teams.  The stricken walkers, from a religious establishment in the North-East, called for help at 5.30am today.

01 May 2008

Lennox beats world's best for Three Peaks crown

Reigning king of the Three Peaks Rob Jebb lost his crown today to first-timer Jethro Lennox who beat a world-class field to win the 24-mile race across some of the Yorkshire Dales’ toughest terrain.Jethro Lennox wins the Three Peaks Race 2008The Shettleston Harrier, who had never competed in the race before, beat a field of 754 runners to take the title and a cheque for £1,000, along with the status of world long-distance mountain running champion.

26 April 2008

Man injured in Tryfan fall

A climber is in hospital after a six-hour rescue operation in Snowdonia.Tryfan, in the Ogwen Valley The 17-year-old, from Worcestershire, was stretchered off Tryfan by members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team, who took him to a waiting helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey.

27 April 2008

Concerns as avalanche forecasts end

Winter is over, if the Scottish avalanche service is to be believed.The invaluable forecasts run by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service ended at the weekend, yet the Highland mountains are still blessed with a generous covering of snow.Climbers on Aonach MòrThe ending of the service, which is funded by sportscotland, for this winter, has caused some consternation among climbers.

15 April 2008

Snowie loses battle to keep walkers out of Boquhan

Waste-disposal millionaire Euan Snowie has lost his battle to keep walkers from his Stirlingshire estate.The gates to the Boquhan estateRamblers' AssociationSheriff Andrew Cubie today decided that there was no justification in Snowie and his wife Claire keeping out walkers, cyclists and horse riders by locking gates at their Boquhan estate near Kippen.

23 April 2008

Mountain rescuers' video plea to walkers

Mountain rescue teams have produced a video to explain problems they are facing.The six-minute film features Richard Warren, chairman of the group representing all the MRTs in the Lake District.

23 April 2008

Axe falls as Natural England announces budget

English National Nature Reserves and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will receive £17m over the next three years.Natural England chief Sir Martin DoughtyNatural England, the Government body charged with protecting the countryside, today also announced a massive £68m boost for green farming schemes.

07 May 2008

Man dies in Striding Edge fall

An 80-year-old man has died after falling from Striding Edge yesterday.Sydney Ambrose Smith, of Threlkeld in Cumbria, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital after tumbling 90m (300ft) from the edge on Helvellyn.

06 May 2008

Kent woman killed in Alpine fall

A British woman has died in a climbing accident in the Alps.The 24-year-old, from Kent, fell near the peak of La Tour Ronde, in the Chamonix area of France.

05 May 2008

Mountain giants line up for Keswick festival

The Keswick Mountain Festival is establishing itself as one of the best with a line-up of top speakers taking the stage at the Theatre by the Lake, overlooking Derwent Water.Julia Bradbury will speak at the festivalDoug Scott, Sir Chris Bonington, Alan Hinkes, Andy Kirkpatrick and Julia Bradbury will deliver talks on their mountain exploits.

30 April 2008

Access campaigners join rally at Vixen Tor

More than 200 people joined a rally to demand access to Vixen Tor.Kate AshbrookRamblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook addressed the campaigners, who want to be able to walk and climb on the Devon granite outcrop.

27 April 2008

Boquhan gates stay shut as Snowies consider appeal

The gates to the Boquhan estate of waste-disposal magnate Euan Snowie remain firmly closed, despite a court ruling demanding public access to the site.The gates at the entrance to the Boquhan estateThe Ramblers’ Association in Scotland and Stirling Council won a landmark court case on Wednesday this week which determined that land at the estate, near Kippen, Stirlingshire, should be open to public access under Scotland’s right-to-roam laws.

25 April 2008

Review avalanche service, says MSP

The operation of Scotland’s avalanche forecast service should be reviewed, according to an MSP.Testing the snowpack for avalanche riskMike Rumbles, who represents West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in the Scottish Parliament, said he had been contacted by several constituents, concerned that the service had ended despite there being large deposits of snow on the Highland mountains, and further snowfalls.Mr Mumbles has written to sports minister Stewart Maxwell, asking for the Scottish Avalanche Information Service to be extended.

24 April 2008

World's top mountain runners in Yorkshire this weekend

Elite runners from across the globe will descend on the Yorkshire village of Horton in Ribblesdale this weekend.Ian Holmes of Bingley Harriers will face a challenge for top veteranThe town will host the 5th World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge, awarded this year to the annual Three Peaks Race.

22 April 2008

Heavy snow hits Snowdon cafe work

The race is on to complete a new cafe on top of Wales’s highest mountain.Early autumn is the deadline for drawing on European funds for completing the new Snowdon mountain summit building, and heavy snow has delayed work on the exterior of the structure.The Hafod Eryri buildingSnowdonia National Park Authority Instead, building workers have had to concentrate on the inside of the Hafod Eryri centre.

21 April 2008


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