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The outdoors in 2016: take a look back at a year of amazing events

A wild start to 2016 set the tone for the following 12 months with record-breaking rescue numbers, climbing achievements and astonishing challenges, making it a year to remember.

Christmas gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast

Looking for inspiration for a gift for that outdoors fanatic? We've scoured the retail universe for stocking fillers to put on your wish list for Sant...

The outdoors year in view: our look back at the events of 2014

Here's grough's look over the shoulder at 12 months' of outdoor action...

Helvellyn walker dies in 650ft fall from Striding Edge

A man has died after falling 650ft from England’s third highest mountain. The 24-year-old walker fell 200m from Striding Edge on Helvellyn yester...

Rescuers on the lookout for Dogsbodies – the unsung heroes on the hills

It's one of the few pastimes where you're expected to lie down on the job; find what it takes to be a Dogsbody.

Minister signals switch to more local power on national park bodies

Two of England’s national parks will hold pilot direct elections for members under a package of changes announced today by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that signals a move to increased local power on parks' governing bodies.

Cameron admits he's not happy with forest plans

David Cameron has admitted he is not happy with the coalition Government’s policy on forests. Quizzed by Labour leader Ed Miliband at Prime Minis...

View from the top: one national park boss's plan to cope with cuts

The boss of England’s biggest national park has pledged to continue providing outdoor enthusiasts with the same services despite having its cash cut.

2008: take a trip with us through the highs and lows of the year

In the slovenly hiatus between Santa’s return north and the alcoholic debauchery of the New Year, journalists traditionally have a problem: how to fill the space on their various publications when, well, not much happens..

The outdoors year in view: our look back through 2015's triumphs, tragedies and curiosities

The year provided plenty of outdoor adventures, not least provided by Mother Nature herself, as exceptional weather became the norm.

Walkers urged to join moonlit ascent of Blencathra to help Nepal quake victims

A team of mountain leaders is inviting outdoor fans to join them in a moonlit walk up a Lake District fell to raise funds for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The great outdoors in 2013: our look back at the events of the year

'Sheepwrecked fells', a porcupine, octupus and bottled vole: the outdoors can be a surprising place...

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.

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.

War of words breaks out as Honister zip-wire decision approaches

A war of words has broken out over plans for a white-knuckle tourist attraction on a Lake District fell.

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...

Tragedy and triumph: the outdoor world in 2009 (continued)

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..

Wainwright's widow Betty dies

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