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Call to promote South Pennines - the 'Andes of England'

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09 October 2007

Map courses for walkers in bid to cut Welsh rescue burden

Snowdonia’s mountains could be a safer thanks to a training scheme for walkers. The national park authority is running a basic navigation course...

04 October 2007

Dales leaflet shows bikers the way

Motorbikers on Dales trails are getting guidance on where they can and can’t ride.Authorities have produced a leaflet setting out routes and rules for using the national park’s off-road tracks.

03 October 2007

Mountain centre offers volunteers free training

Scotland’s national mountain centre is offering free training for volunteers.Glenmore Lodge has places on Summer Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader courses for people who act as volunteers in a club or group.

25 September 2007

Wasdale faces pressure after 'Best View' vote

Wasdale is already paying the price of fame after it was voted Britain’s Best View by TV viewers following its championing by a Coronation Street actress.

16 September 2007

Footpaths closed as new foot-and-mouth outbreak confirmed

Footpaths have been closed in a large area of Surrey following the confirmation of a new outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.Control zones extending three kilometres have been set up around the sprawling Milton Park Farm, near Egham.

13 September 2007

New footpath law 'biased in favour of landowners'

Campaigners have slammed Government proposals which will mean landowners getting priority in rights-of-way cases.

07 September 2007

Outdoor company is 'least ethical'

The controversial Sports Direct company, which owns 29 per cent of outdoor retailer Blacks and which recently snapped up 60 per cent of Field & Trek, is the least ethical company in the UK’s top 350, according to a survey by a national newspaper.The Observer’s probe, carried out with Co-operative Investments, found the firm, founded by Newcastle United boss Mike Ashley, scored only 12.17 out of a possible 100.

03 September 2007

Griff's Mountain series hits the shops

If your Sunday evenings have been left with a televiewing hole following the end of Griff Rhys Jones’s Mountain programmes, there’s some good news: you can buy the DVD of the series from Monday, so you can relive the whole journey across Britain’s high ground.And don’t be fooled by BBC1’s screening of something called Coming Down the Mountain: it’s not Griff’s descents; more a Peak District Brit version of a drama along the lines of Rain Man.

30 August 2007

Xtreme Everest: a nurse's tale of near disaster

Earlier this year, a small team of climbers made it to the top of Mount Everest. What marked them out from the crowds of summiteers was that they had ...

08 October 2007

Concerns for future as Scottish hostels face closure

Residents and councillors in Scotland have expressed concern after the closure of seven youth hostels was announced.They fear the loss of the hostels, among 53 in the country, will have a severe effect on the economies of the communities in which they operate.In September, the executive committee of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) announced it would follow the lead set by its English and Welsh counterparts and close an eighth of its centres.

03 October 2007

Everest docs' TV expedition screens tomorrow

Mountains return to our televisions tomorrow with the first part of Horizon’s documentary on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition.The programme promises to give an insight into why a team of medics risked their lives on the ascent of the world’s highest peak to further scientific knowledge.Xtreme Everest climbers tackle the Hillary Step, one of the last obstacles before the summit of the mountainMore than 250 people took part in the project which was set up to help advance techniques and knowledge of the treatment of patients in intensive-care units.

22 September 2007

Stomach bug forces island closure

Climbers and walkers have been warned to stay away from a popular island after a stomach bug swept its inhabitants.Lundy, in the Bristol channel, is closed to visitors while authorities try to contain the gastroenteritis outbreak, which leads to diarrhoea and vomiting.So far, 54 people have been affected.

23 September 2007

Ramblers may launch appeal for Gloag-case funds

The Ramblers’ Association (RA) in Scotland says it may mount an appeal to raise cash to pay for the failed Ann Gloag access case.The campaign could be extended to other countries where bus company Stagecoach, which Mrs Gloag and her brother Brian Souter founded, operates.

16 September 2007

Beinn Dearg misses Munro mark

Munro-baggers can relax – there’s no need to pull on the boots for another conquest, with the news that Beinn Dearg has been officially declared short of the magic 3,000ft mark.Surveyors today announced that the Torridon mountain falls short by just 2ft 5in, and the number of Scottish Munros remains 284.

07 September 2007

Griff's Mountain DVD: our view

The BBC1 broadcasts may have ended, but if you’re pining to see the Griff Rhys Jones Mountain series again, you can now buy it on DVD.We give you our view on the two-disk package: the highlights, the lowlights, the ups and downs of the presenter’s journey through our uplands and the people he meets.

05 September 2007

Rescued Snowdon walkers were 'ill-equipped'

Rescuers have criticised a party on Snowdon who needed rescuing after straying on to Crib Goch.Some of a 27-strong group, from West Yorkshire, were clad in trainers and jeans and included two nine- and 11-year-old boys who were rescued from the notorious ridge after becoming cragfast.

03 September 2007

Dales mystery woman will be buried next week

The body of a mystery woman found near Pen-y-ghent will be buried next week in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.The woman, of oriental appearance, was found nearly three years ago next to Sell Gill Hole on the Pennine Way, but has never been identified.

30 August 2007

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