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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.

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.

Lost walkers found on 'wrong' fell in nine-hour search

A rescue team spent nine hours searching for a group of walkers lost on England’s highest mountain.

Mountains and charity walkers: a rescuer makes a plea

The impact of thousands of charity walkers on the unpaid volunteers who often have to rescue them is examined by the chairman of one of the busiest mountain rescue teams.

Bonita salutes woman who took her Everest record

An Everest summiteer has offered her congratulations to the woman who broke her record as the youngest female Briton to get to the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Mountain rescuer Tim plans to take Lola on 2,000-mile national park fundraiser

A mountain rescuer is planning a fundraising trip round all of the UK’s national parks, with a 38-year-old called Lola.

Mauled sheep lead to national park dog-walking warning

National park bosses have reminded dog owners to keep their pets on a short lead during the breeding season.

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.

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.

Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach from Glencoe

A grand day out in fine mountain scenery takes in two munros and one munro top from this imposing Highland glen.

Landowners: reform of unfair rights of way system 'desperately needed'

The organisation representing country landowners said the rights of way system is unfair and weighted against them.

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...

Three Peaks, three rescues in six hours for Dales team

Rescuers were called to three separate incidents on each of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks within six hours of each other.

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.

Easter incidents keep mountain rescue team busy

A mountain rescue team had to deal with a series of incidents over the Easter period. Ogwen Mountain Rescue Organisation also had to contend with a...

How to be a Mountain Leader: we take the first faltering steps

How does an outdoors enthusiast become a Mountain Leader? We take the first steps towards competence in the hills...

The great outdoors in 2011: the year in view

Our customary look-back at the past year provides a mix of triumph and controversy; tragedy and humour, with a few heroic acts.


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