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03 July 2007

MPs say: 'Give walkers more information on right-to-roam'

Walkers are being put off using access land because information on right-to-roam areas is hard to come by.That’s the verdict of a committee of MPs looking into how the countryside of England and Wales was opened up following the passing of access laws.

21 June 2007

Show washout puts damper on rescue team's new building

A rescue team in Yorkshire has had to ditch plans for a new building after torrential rain washed out one of its main fund-raising events.The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO), based at Clapham, aids both potholers and fellwalkers in the West of the Yorkshire Dales and parts of Cumbria.

03 July 2007

Rescue for Lakes walker after fall

Rescuers went to the aid of a teenager who fell in the Lake District yesterday evening.The 17-year-old girl was with a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team when she suffered a suspected broken ankle while making her way down to Wasdale Head on the Sprinkling Tarn route.Her team members used their tent for shelter and called for help.

04 July 2007

Search teams rescue lost Beacons walker

Rescue teams in south Wales found a man who was suffering from the cold after losing his way.Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and their neighbours Central Beacons MRT were involved in a four-and-a-half-hour search for the man, who was described as having learning difficulties.

10 July 2007

Dales website bosses want your views

Authorities in the Yorkshire Dales want to know what you think of their website.The national park authority says its site is important for keeping visitors up to date, but it wants your views on how useful it is, how easy to use you find it and whether its information is useful.

11 July 2007

Thousands expected at weekend outdoor event

Organisers of a Sheffield outdoor festival say they are expecting 30,000 visitors this weekend.Cliffhanger, a new venture, will include the British Bouldering Championships, a caving obstacle course, a chance to try scuba diving, bushcraft demonstrations and an alpine beer festival.

13 July 2007

Survey will quiz Dales Way walkers

How much is the Dales Way worth? That’s the question being posed by authorities who are surveying walkers on the route which runs from Ilkley in...

16 July 2007

Snowdonia goat killings rouse opposition

Campaigners have called for a halt to the slaughter of goats in Snowdonia.Several hundred names have been added to a petition calling on the National Trust to stop killing the goats which, the trust says, cause a nuisance in the Llanberis area.The National Trust (NT) says a ‘limited cull’ of the goats is necessary because they cause a hazard on roads in the area and are eating farm crops.

23 July 2007

Law Lords back Ramblers in footpaths case

England’s Law Lords have overturned a ruling that allowed landowners to close footpaths in an underhand way.The Ramblers’ Association (RA) successfully appealed against a decision which meant that owners could claim a footpath was not public even if no signs or barriers had been erected to warn walkers.

21 June 2007

Clear footpath or we'll see you in court, council told

A campaign group is threatening a London council with court action for failing to make sure a footpath is reopened.The Open Spaces Society says the footpath, across Northwick Park golf course, has been illegally blocked.

02 July 2007

Dales walks will explore access areas

Walkers are being encouraged to use access land in the Yorkshire Dales with a series of guided walks.The national park authority is staging free accompanied outings in different areas of the Dales.

03 July 2007

Ramblers face ?200,000 bill after failed court case

The Ramblers’ Association and the council taxpayers of Perth and Kinross may be saddled with a bill of up to £200,000 after the unsuccessful access case against bus magnate Ann Gloag.Mrs Gloag, whose estimated £400m fortune was made from the Stagecoach company, was awarded costs in the case in which Sheriff Michael Fletcher found in her favour.

09 July 2007

Welsh Police seize off-road bikes in crackdown

Police have seized 30 motorbikes in a crackdown on illegal off-road biking in south Wales.Operation Pitman, involving the fire service and Forestry Commission, as well as police officers, aims at cutting rural crime in the valleys around Cynon, Rhymney and Merthyr.

10 July 2007

Tiso snaps up Keswick retailer

Scottish retailer Tiso has bought one of Keswick’s best known outdoor stores.The George Fisher shop was snapped up by the Leith-based company founded by mountaineer Graham Tiso in 1962.

11 July 2007

Secretive tycoon's firm takes control of outdoor retailer

Controversial retailer Sports Direct has paid £5m for a 60 per cent stake in outdoor company Field & Trek.The acquisitive group, which last week launched a £67m deal for boxing brand Everlast, already owns 29 per cent of troubled outdoor retailer Blacks Leisure.

14 July 2007

Loo with a view for Europe's high spot

Alpinists will be relieved to hear some improbable news from the highest point in France.Authorities have installed two toilets near the summit of Mont Blanc, to counter what Saint-Gervais’s mayor Jean-Marc Peillix describes as the yellow and brown spots that blight the summit of the 4,808m mountain.The two conveniences have been airlifted to a point at 4,260m, making them Europe’s highest WCs.

23 July 2007

Cairn Gorm railway now open to walkers

Footsore walkers can now take a train ride down Cairn Gorm after the company that runs its funicular railway relaxed its rules.Previously, only downhill skiers and those taking a trip to the Ptarmigan restaurant were allowed to use the train.

24 July 2007

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