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Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine

opinion What Makes the Lake District a World-Class Destination?

A campaigner against the proposed Whinlatter gondola, Jon Derry, offers a local perspective on why the Lake District is special, and how it can be kept that way.


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A bulldozed track on the Bealach Horn below Foinaven, once one of the wild places of the far north  © Dan Bailey

opinion When Will Politicians Get a Grip on Hill Tracks?

While ordinary people need to apply for planning permission to build modest extensions to their houses, tracks are being bulldozed up mountains with no public oversight. It's time the Scottish Government did something, says Helen Todd of Ramblers ...

Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey
Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey

opinion It's Time to Go Beyond 'Wilderness'

The approval of a series of hydro power schemes in Glen Etive has dismayed many in the outdoor community. But at the root of the objections, suggests Tomas Frydrych, is a misconceived notion of wildness that serves us poorly in a time of global environmental...

A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating
A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating

Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.

Bog cotton  © johnhenderson
Bog cotton  © johnhenderson

opinion Give Peat a Chance

There's far more to peat than wet feet. From climate change and flood management to wildlife habitat, the humble blanket bog plays a huge role, says...

The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern
The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern

opinion Glen Etive Hydro: a Symbol of Sacrifices to Come

Glen Etive's controversial hydro projects are a planning failure, and a symptom of environmental doublethink at policy...

Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey
Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey

opinion The Trouble with Social Media in the Outdoors

In his series of essays on environmental ethics, Tomas Frydrych wrestles with big questions all outdoor folk could ask...

Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson
Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson

When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out?

Does every cold or tired caller deserve the help of mountain rescue? Judy Whiteside, Editor of Mountain Rescue...

Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych
Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych

opinion How Green is Your Gear? Not Very

The Open Forum event.  © BMC
The Open Forum event.  © BMC

The BMC - Rolling with the Times?

Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho
Crumbling road edges on the A82 in Glen Coe  © Emily Donoho

We Need to Talk About Potholes

Achnanclach bothy - is it ever likely to get overrun?  © John Burns
Achnanclach bothy - is it ever likely to get overrun?  © John Burns

bothy Are Bothies Being Commercialised to Death?

Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych
Sustainability montage  © Tomas Frydrych

opinion Sustainability in the Outdoors Depends on Fair Shares

Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince
Thirlmere - a new test case for the future of our National Parks  © Mike Prince

The Thirlmere Zipwire is a Threat to the Lake District

Red grouse montage  © Tim Melling
Red grouse montage  © Tim Melling

Back the Ban on Driven Grouse Shooting

Kahtoola Microspikes  © Tomas Frydrych
Kahtoola Microspikes  © Tomas Frydrych

Microspikes - Use with Care, or Not At All

Evening Jaunt along Crib Coch  © jethro kiernan
Evening Jaunt along Crib Coch  © jethro kiernan

Taking Forward Wales' Management of Natural Resources

Stand up for Stanage montage  © Rob Greenwood
Stand up for Stanage montage  © Rob Greenwood

It's Time to Stand up for Stanage

Bracken - a voracious eater of footpaths  © Dan Bailey
Bracken - a voracious eater of footpaths  © Dan Bailey

The Trouble With Bracken

The problem... Loch Venachar in the Trossachs  © LLTNPA
The problem... Loch Venachar in the Trossachs  © LLTNPA

Why We Introduced the Loch Lomond Camping Byelaws


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