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The outdoors world in 2012: our backward glance at the year past

Our rearward glance at a news-packed 2012 includes, as always, tragedy as well as uplifting stories of the great outdoors, and a few oddities.

Birkenhead river walk opens after 12-year campaign by Rachel's uncle

A young woman is finally able to enjoy a riverside walk thanks to 12 years of campaigning by her uncle.

Rescue for group stuck on Snowdonia scramble

Four men were rescued from a Snowdonia scrambling route after getting stuck retreating from a ridge. The men in their early 20s and from Cheshire c...

Boat rescue for campers after canoe capsize

A mountain rescue team used its boat to reach three paddlers stranded on islands after their canoe capsized.

Of mines and men: hill sleuths settle the score on county's top

Is a slag heap really the highest point of an East Midlands county, or is it somewhere even less impressive.

2010 in retrospect: join us in a look back at the outdoors year

As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at the events that have shaped the events in 2010. From tragedy to triumph, heartbreak to ecstasy, t...

English footpaths face dead-end future, warn Ramblers

Britain’s biggest walking charity is urging councils to use its small army of volunteers to help keep footpaths open.

Government 'lost its nerve' on free Ordnance Survey maps

The Ramblers today expressed extreme disappointment with the Government’s failure to provide free maps at scales used by walkers in its move to liberalise the national mapping agency.

Paths 'face extinction' unless Government adopts plan

Campaigning outdoor bodies are urging the Government to adopt groundbreaking proposals to protect England's ‘lost footpaths’.

Deep council cuts making many paths unusable, Ramblers say

Deep cuts to council rights-of-way budgets are likely to leave paths overgrown and unusable, Britain’s largest walkers’ charity warned.

Campaigners say ancient rights of way must not be lost as deadline looms

Access campaigners said the Government must not implement a cut-off date on rights of way until all missing paths have been recorded.

Access group welcomes Government plans to update 'lost' paths on maps

Access campaigners welcomed coalition Government moves to speed up the process of registering ‘lost’ footpaths and other rights of way.

High Speed Rail plans put walking routes in jeopardy, say Ramblers

At least 150 footpaths are under threat from plans to build England’s high-speed railway between London and Birmingham.

Bleaklow from Longdendale

Pity poor Bleaklow. Few have a good word to say about this boggy hulk, glowering above the busy valley of Longdendale, itself a victim of human engine...

Ramblers call for legal rethink after bull kills walker

Britain’s biggest walkers’ charity has called for a rethink on the law on keeping livestock in fields.

Experts warn walkers: it's still winter on the hills

The calendar may say it’s spring, but in the mountains, it’s still firmly winter. Authorities in Snowdonia warned that full winter gear – inc...

Campaigners' ten-point outdoors plan for election

Britain’s oldest national conservation group has produced an access manifesto in the run-up to the general election and is asking candidates to sign up the 10-point plan.

Tragedy and triumph: the outdoor world in 2009

As the decade which seems to have become known as the noughties packed its bags and prepared for the trip into history, its final days had a familiar ring: winter catching out climbers and walkers, with tragic consequences..


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