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03 April 2008

Go back to school to learn about the Dales

Lovers of the Yorkshire Dales have the chance to go back to school to enrich their knowledge of the countryside.Ancient Roman bones, sheep creeps and hennery piggeries are some of the subjects under the microscope for visitors to Grassington town hall this month, at an event organised by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.The Yorkshire Dales: find out about its history There will also be a chance to hear at first hand how recent discoveries and research have called into question accepted theory on how limestone pavements were formed.

02 April 2008

Relief as Nepal starts issuing Everest permits

Mountaineers are breathing a sigh of relief after Nepalese authorities started issuing permits to climb Everest.It had been feared that, following a clampdown by the Beijing authorities on climbing on the Tibetan side, the Nepalese government would put a freeze on attempts from the south side of the mountain, which straddles the Tibet-Nepal border.

31 March 2008

Grand response as wild-camp petition gets thousandth name

The petition to legalise wild camping in England and Wales now has more than a thousand signatures.The plea to the Prime Minister to give campers south of the border the same rights to pitch their tents in open countryside as enjoyed by outdoor lovers in Scotland passed the thousand mark on Thursday.

30 March 2008

Highland tent body was missing climber

The mystery body found in a tent near the West Highland Way has been identified.The remains, found by workers clearing a path in Auch Forest between Bridge of Orchy and Inveroran, have been confirmed as those of Nicholas Randall, who disappeared from his Edinburgh home almost three years ago.The West Highland Way near Bridge of Orchy Mr Randall was 31 when he disappeared on 25 April, 2005.

26 March 2008

Lost walkers rescued from snow-bound Scafell Pike

Three walkers attempting the Three Peaks Challenge had to be rescued after getting lost last night on Scafell Pike.The mountain was covered in thick cloud and snow at the time.

23 March 2008

Campaigners lose green-lane bike battle

Campaigners have lost the battle to stop a motorbike centre using green lanes in south Devon.South Hams District Council’s development control committee granted permanent planning permission to Wheeldon Farm to run motorbike training sessions which involve the use of the lanes around the centre near Halwell.Kate Ashbrook Officers had recommended permission be given for five years, but councillors overruled them and granted permanent consent.

25 March 2008

Warning as avalanches hit Cairn Gorm climbers

Safety experts are warning winter mountaineers to take care after avalanches struck climbers on Cairn Gorm.Three avalanches have been witnessed in recent days and more could follow, particularly in the now notorious Coire an t-Sneachda.

19 March 2008

Hunt continues for tragic police chief's jacket

The waterproof jacket belonging to police chief Michael Todd is still missing, a week after his death on Snowdon.Police and rescuers believe the Greater Manchester chief constable must have been wearing one when he took his final journey.

18 March 2008

Body found in Cairn Gorm plane wreckage

The wreckage of a missing light aircraft was found today on Cairn Gorm.Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team discovered the wreckage about 1km (½ mile) from the mountain’s funicular railway.

07 April 2008

Climbers warned to check cams after fault found

Climbers have been advised to check a piece of gear after a potentially dangerous fault was found.Owners of the Camp Tricam, a jamming device with a Dyneema loop attached, for providing protection while tackling rock and ice climbs, are being asked to check their equipment.

02 April 2008

The curious case of the cop, the Chinook and the men in dark suits

Revelations about the death of a top policeman on Wales’s highest peak raise a series of questions which will feed the rumours and conspiracy theories surrounding the death of  a man charged with investigating the CIA’s ‘extraordinary rendition’ activities in the UK.The late Michael ToddMichael Todd died about 90m (290ft) below the summit of Snowdon earlier this month.

31 March 2008

Kinder Scout: be prepared, walkers told

Walkers are being urged to be prepared on Kinder Scout after a series of rescues.Eight people have called on emergency services in two days after becoming lost on the Peak District plateau.

27 March 2008

Father and son survive Helvellyn fall

A ten-year-old boy and his father survived a fall on Helvellyn today.The pair tumbled 60m (200ft) after slipping in freezing conditions.

26 March 2008

Nevis-search man found safe 500 miles away

A walker feared lost on Ben Nevis has been found safe and well, at his home in Hertfordshire.The discovery of an abandoned rucksack full of alcohol and reports of a man acting in a ‘confused and disoriented’ way sparked a major search over the Easter weekend.

24 March 2008

Don't let dogs harm livestock, say Scots groups

Walkers in Scotland are being asked to take a lead in protecting livestock.The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland and the National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) have teamed up to remind outdoors users of the damage that can be done to animals by out-of-control dogs.

21 March 2008

Body discovered in tent near West Highland Way

Forest workers made a gruesome discovery in a forest near the West Highland Way.A decomposed body was found in a tent in a forest between Bridge of Orchy and the Inveroran.

21 March 2008

Malham falcons join blogosphere

Wildlife lovers will be able to keep up to speed with the goings-on of the world’s fastest creatures, thanks to a new blog.One of Malham's peregrine falcons in flight Carl Watts/RSPB Malham Cove’s famous peregrine falcons get their own news website this year, with the latest facts about the Yorkshire Dales’ most observed family.

17 March 2008

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