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Arrested men 'linked to Lake District terror camps'

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04 September 2006

Getting the message across, Scots style

grough likes the direct approach, so we were taken on by a typically blunt message to litter louts in a Scottish national park.The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs authority is telling people: ‘Don’t be a tosser’.Sound advice in any situation, but in this instance the posters, which are springing up throughout the area, along with some with a gentler message, are aimed at those who turn off tourists by despoiling the verges, lay-bys and loch shores with rubbish.Fiona Kennedy, of Killin, and a director of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Community Partnership, said: “The materials we’ve developed this year are only the start of what we hope will be an ongoing campaign to change people's attitudes and behaviour.

30 August 2006

Follow in the footsteps of the wicked pig thief

Round them parts, they say the spirit of the wicked pig-stealing Giant of Penhill can still be sensed.

23 August 2006

Scots appeal to help catch wildlife killers UPDATED!

The Scottish Executive is appealing for any outdoors users who find poisoned wildlife to let them know.A freephone number has been provided to report any incidents.

21 August 2006

K2 escape for 'Banjo' as four Russians killed

A climber from the UK had a near miss in an ice fall on K2 that killed four Russian climbers.Terence ‘Banjo’ Bannon was in a party near the summit of the Karakorum peak when he witnessed the massive slide of ice and snow which buried the four.

18 August 2006

Families of dead snowboarders face rescue bill

French debt collectors are pursuing the families of two snowboarders who died in an avalanche last year.Rescuers failed to save the two, who were boarding off-piste at about 3,200m on the north face of La Grande Motte, near Tignes.

17 August 2006

Rain check: How's the forecast?

How's the weather in your neck of the woods? More to the point, how's the weather forecast? The Mountaineering Council of Scotland wants your ...

24 July 2006

Police warning to Lomond vandals

Following the case of the rampant campers in the Lake District comes news that Central Scotland police are chasing vandals who have been cutting down trees in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.They are warning that anyone committing anti-social acts in the area will be prosecuted.A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal after two men admitted chopping down the trees at Sallochy car park.Stuart Chalmers, for Forestry Commission Scotland in the Cowal and Trossachs area said: "Woods and natural spaces provide a huge range of benefits and people value them for a variety of reasons.

11 August 2006

Beach access plans cause celebrity big bother

Reclusive stars are getting steamed up about impending legislation to open up access to Britain’s beaches.The English coastline may soon be opened up for the right to roam Kate Bush may have sung: “Out on the wiley [sic], windy moors we’d roll and fall in green”, but she’s probably mightily dischuffed at plans to let hoi polloi roll and fall through her 17-acre, £2.5m Devon coastline retreat.The Independent reports Kate as being among a plethora of celebrity owners of beach and coastline property up in arms at plans to introduce a right to roam similar to that enjoyed under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act on mountain and moorland in England and Wales.A campaign by the Country Land and Business Association (CLBA) to pre-empt and dilute the proposed law is said to include as backers DJ Norman Cook, AKA Fatboy Slim and his missus Zoe Ball; Jonathan Ross, the impoverished TV talk-show host and general wag about town; Jamie Redknapp who apparently kicks a football around for a living, and even musical art-school bad boy Damon Albarn who lives in a house, a very big house in the country – at least at weekends.They’re pitted against the Ramblers’ Association (RA) and the Government’s Countryside Agency, which are intent on improving public access to England and Wales’ 4,412km (2,741 miles) of coastline.

14 August 2006

Skye mountaineers' memorial may cost ??m

While the guardians of Ben Nevis propose to remove virtually all memorials on the British Isles’ highest mountain, a group on Skye wants to erect one to two pioneers of climbing.The voluntary group wants to erect a sculpture of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie and is trying to raise funds for the project.Conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) is backing the idea, which aims to have the 1.5-times life-size bronze statue erected at Sligachan on the island.The organisers of the appeal also want four unsightly electric poles moved to improve the environment around the site.

25 August 2006

Wainwright followers want trail recognition

Diehard devotees of the prototype Grumpy Old Man are to launch a campaign for official recognition of one of his legacies to the outdoor world.Alfred Wainwright's illustrated guides to the Lakeland fells are some of the best read pieces of outdoor literature – idiosyncratic, opinionated and compelling.

25 August 2006

Yorkshire Dales travel website relaunches

Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Yorkshire Dales National Park can check out travel information on an upgraded website. Did you know, for instance, that coach drivers in the area should follow an advisory one-way system around the narrower roads to try and avoid meeting one of their colleagues coming the other way? The traveldales.org.uk site, also has advice for visitors on keeping environmental impact to a minimum and has links to public transport sites.

22 August 2006

Nevis memorials to be removed

The charity that was set up to safeguard Ben Nevis’s environment has announced it will remove all the memorial plaques on the mountain summit (pictured below).

20 August 2006

New book records anniversary tribute to Wainwright

If you’re one of the Wainwright fanatics who took part in last year’s Great Lakeland Challenge, you can now read the story of the event.The challenge, set up by the Wainwright Society to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grumpy Old Man’s first illustrated Lakeland fell guide, was to get people up all 214 Wainrights – the fell tops which have a chapter in his books – plus the extra 56 in his Outlying Fells tome, making 270 in total.The challenge took place during one week in May 2005 and each registered blagger was asked to produce an account and pics of their escapade.

18 August 2006

Palmtop guidance for Lomond nature reserve

Loch Lomond visitors have the chance to go high-tech with a scheme run by the national park.The authorities are looking for people interesting in trying out what it calls 'Mopark Interactive Journeys', which in English means using either palmtop computers or MP3 players to guide you along paths.The venue is the Inchcailloch nature reserve, a small island on Loch Lomond, near Balmaha.

13 August 2006

Going down: Gaping Gill winch operates from next week

Mortals who’ve never donned a wetsuit and crawled through muddy sumps have a chance to see one of the country’s subterranean jewels.Craven Pothole Club is offering the chance to descend into the 340-foot chasm of Gaping Gill, in the shadow of Ingleborough, from next Saturday.No caving experience is necessary: the descent is by winch and chair and you’ll be at the bottom of the main shaft in only one minute.

12 August 2006

Buttermere is venue for rescue operation

At the risk of tempting fate… Lakeland lovers have the chance to be involved in a major search and rescue operation next month.Yes, grough understands that a careless step on Striding Edge, a moment of panic on Jack’s Rake, can easily land you at the centre of such an incident.

11 August 2006

Needle sport on Gable's crags

For those who don’t get a big enough adrenaline kick out of soloing rock routes, here’s a new sport to get the heart pumping.Two guys spent 24 hours setting up a slackline across from Napes Needle on Great Gable, one of the iconic rock fingers in the Lakes.

11 August 2006

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