Walking News and Discussions
- Peak District 4x4 ban on Chapel Gate overturned
The Trail Riders' Fellowship (TRF) have successfully challenged an experimental ban on the use of 4x4s on Chapel Gate - a 3km track which runs close to Rushup Edge
- Fungal threat to Lake District woodlands
Reports on Phytophthora fungus threat to Lake District woodlands
- Why do Leaves change Colour in Autumn?
The leaf pigments involved in the Autumn colour change
- GPS enabled sheep - to flock or not to flock
Describes recent study using GPS receivers to investigate flocking behaviour in sheep
- From signals all around you - BAE Systems' NAVSOP making GPS better?
Overview of BAE Systems' NAVSOP technology
- Outrage at destruction of goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley - can you help?
Outrage at destruction of goshawk nest in the Derwent Valley
- Phytophthora - the plant destroyer threatening our forests, woodlands and heathland
The Phytophthora plant pathogen - effects on woodland, forests, moorland; biosecurity measures to stop its spread
- Recycle your outdoor gear and kit - and let it walk again!
The Outdoor Industries' developing approaches to the reuse and recycling of outdoor gear including the Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG) service
- Use it or lose it - how can we stem the demise of the rural pub?
Use it or lose it - how can we stem the demise of the rural pub?
- 21st Century children: are most totally disconnected from the natural word .. and does it matter?
Reviews Apr 2012 National Trust report Natural Childhood.
- Will our precious Rights of Way no longer be protected under law?
The Country Landowner and Business Association (CLA) proposal for the future of the access and public rights-of-way system in England and Wales.
- Walkers now able to use Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)
UK OFCOM will now allow use of Personal Locator Beacons on land
- Mountain Rescue Teams using smartphone app to help locate hill walkers in trouble
SARLOC a smartphone app that helps mountain rescue teams find lost walkers, hikers and climbers
- UK Search and Rescue helicopter services to be privatised
UK Government confirms privatisation of helicopter search and rescue services
- GLONASS - From Russia with love?
Overview of GLONASS, The Russian Federation's version of the US GPS NAVSTAR
- What could your walking jacket say about you?
Researchers at Ohio State University build communication devices into clothing
- Proposed 4G broadband network might disable GPS
Discusses clash between LightSquared and GPS manufacturers over concerns that a new broadband wireless communication network will disable GPS services
- Are Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis becoming endangered destinations?
Discusses impact of challenge walks, charity walks such as The Three Peaks Challenge on UK's three iconic peaks: Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis
- Galileo - a GPS system for Europe - some good news
Some unexpected good news for EU's Galileo project
- Wild Campers around Loch Lomond face £500 Fine
From 1 June 2011, wild camping along Loch Lomond will be illegal
- Environment Agency harness 'Llama-power' to transport UK's rarest freshwater fish
UK Environment Agency choose llamas to transport rare fish up Lake District fells
- Upland Areas set to see improved broadband and mobile communications
Summarises measures announced by DEFRA to improve mobile communications and broadband access in Englands upland areas
- The Peak District National Park - Happy Birthday Sweet Sixty
The Peak District National Park - Happy Birthday Sweet Sixty
- It's official - walking is good for your memory
Reports on two recent studies which show that regular walking can improve memory and reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease.
- Severe winters may be helping our wildlife
Colder winters may be helping UK wildlife
- Hill and mountain walkers urged to register for emergency SMS text service
Walkers who visit areas with bad mobile phone access can now register with a new service that allows 999 calls to be made via a text message
- Budget Cuts - what will be the impact on our National Parks?
The UK Government's recent spending review has raised the threat of cuts to the budgets available to National Parks.
- More daylight, more walking, better health - let's not put the clocks back
British expert makes the health and well-being case for not putting the clocks back.
- Lake Windermere - its glacial past explored by British Geological Survey
Lake Windermere's glacial past is explored by the British Geological Survey
- Dog Owners urged to join fight against spread of Neospora parasite in cattle
Neospora infection in cows an how dog owners can help
- Size matters to the Scottish biting midge
Findings from recent study by University of Aberdeen and Rothamstead Research
- Should farmers be paid to look after our Upland areas?
Summary of findings from CRC report on the future of England's upland communities
- Love walks in the Peak District? Your help is needed to get rid of the damaging Himalayan Balsam Plant
Details of appeal made by Peak District National Park Authority for help in getting rid of an invading plant species, Himalayan Balsam
- Bluebell Haze coming late this year
Why bluebells are late blooming in 2010, how you recognise native british species, risks to bluebells survival in the british isles.
- Peat bogs - so much more than just a trap for unwary walkers
A summary for walkers in the UK of the current environmental issues surrounding Peat
- The Yorkshire Dales National Park - what's in a name?
Background to controversial name change proposed for Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Illuminating Hadrian's Wall - a line of light from coast to coast
How to get involved in this spectacular event celebrating Hadrian's Wall and the 1600th anniversary of the end of Roman Britain, March 2010
- Winter Walking in Snowdonia - mountain rescue services stretched to the limit
Mountain rescue services stretched to the limit already in 2009/2010 UK winter weather
- Walking in the Lake District - after the floods
Advice on walking in the Lake District in the aftermath of the November 2009 floods. Includes an update on survey of foot paths carried out by the Lake District Park Authority.
- On the Dark Side of the Brecon Beacons National Park
A curse is the latest move in a disagreement over a controversial water treatment plant allowed by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority.
- Is Ben Nevis going Bananas?
Discussion about environmental impact of banana skins on Ben Nevis
- Is Naked Rambling an expression of freedom or just plain offensive?
Naked Rambling - an expression of freedom or just plain offensive
- Yorkshire Three Peaks project - walkers can now help stop footpath erosion
Yorkshire Three Peaks project - how walkers can get involved and help stop the erosion of the footpath network
- New study reveals UK Adults are complacent about sun protection
New study reveals UK Adults are complacent about sun protection
- Sun Protection Study - Additional statistics
Sun Protection Study - Additional statistics
- Do We Need All These Pavements?
Peter Royle, from Uckfield, makes some observations about the degree to which footpaths in the Peak District are paved.
- High flying Dragonfly - now an aspiring 'Monro-ist
Highest sighting of Hawker Dragonfly at 830m in Cairngorms, Scotland
- Off-road vehicles given the go ahead on Yorkshire
Court ruling overturns traffic regulation orders on four green lanes in Yorkhsire Dales.
- Camping Holidays in UK during Summer 2009: surge in popularity
Findings from surveys on camping holiday plans carried out during Spring 2009
- Walking with your dog in national parks during Spring and early Summer
Advice for dog owners who visit national parks during spring and early summer
- Walkers damaging ancient monuments - don't be that vandal!
Building cairns when walking may cause serious long term damage to ancient monuments
- Do we need all these paved footpaths in the mountains, hills and countryside?
Introduction to avalanches for walkers in the UK - causes, risk assessment, survival techniques
- Walking for Health - reduce the risk of cancer
Recent scientific studies show link between walking and reduction of cancer risks
- Severe weather conditions in many mountain areas mean that avalanche risk remains of concern
Introduction to avalanches for walkers in the UK - causes, risk assessment, survival techniques
- Walking with the stars - UK National Parks seek Dark-Sky status
UK national parks seek international recognition as Dark Sky parks
- Romans back on Lake District's High Street
Roman road mending techniques in use as part of the Fix the Fells project in the Lake District
- Who should pay the bill when adventure challenge events go wrong?
Who should pay the bill for mountain rescue incidents when adventure challenge events such as the Original Mountain Marathon go wrong?
- The New Forest National Park: controversial proposals for access and road use
Angry response to New Forest National Park Authority's recreation management plan
- Footpaths and rights-of-ways in England and Wales: are they well maintained where you want to go walking?
Results of Audit Commission 2006-2007 assessment of how well maintained are footpaths and rights-of-way in England and Wales
- Quarrying on Longstone Edge Peak District : latest developments in Backdale Quarry case
Peak District Park Authority granted leave to appeal in High Court
- Hay Meadows : their role in the ecology of UK National Parks
What Hay Meadows are and why they are important for walking in the UK
- Moorland fires and the Met Office Fire Severity Index
How moorland fire risk is assessed in England and Wales, how this affects access under CRoW, how you can find information on the risks in the area you plan to walk
- Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams : plea to walkers
Lake District mountain rescue teams make plea to walkers
- Wait for me, I'm using GPS
Discusses positives and negatives of walking with GPS drawing on recent academic research
- Should mountain routes in Snowdonia have warning signs?
Controversial proposals on signs for mountain paths in Snowdonia
- Wild Camping in England and Wales - should this be allowed?
Should Wild Camping in England and Wales be allowed?
- Avalanche Warning - Helvellyn in the Lake District
Avalanche warning in the Lake District and Mountain Rescue Teams in crisis
- New woodland for Loch Katrine, Hay Meadows in Yorkshire Dales, Underground cables in Snowdonia - National parks get some tlc
Read about how three UK national parks - Loch Lomand and Trossachs, Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia - are reaping the benefits from innovative investments
- Outdoor Clothing for Walking and Hiking - how Smart can it be?
Outdoor clothing - new opportunities from new 'smart' technologies
- National Parks get tough on inappropriate use of footpaths and bridleways
National Parks are now taking action to curb the use of recreational, off-road vehicles
- Walking and Hiking Accidents in Scotland's hills are decreasing
Research from SportScotland shows that accidents in Scotland's hills are decreasing
- Walking in the hills and countryside can improve mental health
- Hints and Tips for dealing with Ticks and Lyme Disease when Walking and Hiking
Hints and Tips for dealing with Ticks and Lyme Disease when Walking and Hiking
- Rude Walkers
Our farm on the Worcester/Hereford border has quite a few walkers coming through our yard without even saying hello . . .
- Iron Road in the Sky - first Via Ferrata in the Lake District
Iron Road in the Sky - first Via Ferrata in the Lake District
- Dartmoor - farming communities and landscape threatened by sheep rustling
The landscape in our National Parks is shaped by a variety of factors . . .
- National Parks and The Military
The military needs to train but do they need to take up quite so much of our national parks?