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August 2011

New website for hill safety
logo.gifFor several months we have been working on a new website promoting safety in the hills and mountains of the UK and abroad. The aim has been to create a guide to every aspect of preparing for and undertaking a walk in the hills, so it covers everything from how to plan your outing and what to take and wear, to what you should do in an emergency.

The Safe in the Hills website is nearly ready to launch so we are inviting you to have a sneak preview. Please have a browse through it and let us know if you can think of things we should add or amend. We are particularly keen to feature good books, DVDs and links to other useful web resources, so if you know of any that you have found useful please get in touch. You can use the contact form on the Safe in the Hills website to give us your feedback.

The Safe in the Hills website has been created for Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, the Lake District team of which David is a member. The last few years have seen a steady increase in mountain rescue callouts across the UK. As yet it is not really known whether this is down to more people heading out into the hills, lack of skills or increasing reliance on technology, such as GPS or mobile phones. While the risk of something going wrong can never be eliminated - and it would take something away from the outdoors experience if it were – a little bit of preparation and careful thought can go a long way. And actually a lot of the advice applies on any walk, not just those that take you to higher altitudes.

Madeira - a verdant paradise… 
madeira levada“Madeira's levadas have long been considered one of the world's great walking pleasures. Covering more than 1,200 miles, these narrow waterways link the wetter north to the dry south, every yard mirrored by shaded paths.” – Nicholas Roe (Daily Mail)

Winding their way around the island, Madeira’s famous water channels lead you through lush, green landscapes and dramatic forested mountains, as you explore scented glades, rambling vineyards and impossibly green terraces, with the glittering sea never far from view. Inntravel’s 7-night, hotel-to-hotel walking holiday – Waterways and Flowers – enables you to take all this in while your luggage is transported ahead.

Travelling light, you can simply relax, take your time and admire the spellbinding views. Take a look at our own Madeira page for a further insight into walking on this ‘floating island garden’. 

For more wonderfully slow walking holidays for next autumn, winter and spring, order your 2011/12 brochure online, or speak to one of Inntravel’s experts by calling 01653 617034.

Wainwright Society 2012 Calendar
Wainwright 2012 calendarThe Wainwright Society 2012 Calendar is on sale now. This calendar proved very popular last year with Walkingworld members and as the profits all go to charity we’re very pleased to be able to give you early notice of this year’s edition.

Once again the calendar has a page per month, featuring stunning photographs taken by Society members, together with line drawings and quotations from the works of Alfred Wainwright.  Profits from the sale are to be donated to The Lake District Calvert Trust, which enables people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. The calendar costs £10 including p&p – a real bargain. It can be purchased direct from the Society website using PayPal or a credit card. Details are on the Society website.

Tick Alert update
Tick borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral disease contracted via the bite of an infected tick; there are up to 13,000 cases every year in Europe and Russia. Risk profiles of the 27 countries in Europe where the disease is endemic have been updated on the Tick Alert website. The profiles include details of TBE risk areas known to be popular for a range of outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, climbing, camping, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding.

offasdyketreesb.jpgThe Big Forest Picnic, organised by WWF to take place on Saturday 20 August, is all about celebrating forests and having a positive impact on forests and people around the world. You're welcome to join an event near you, bring a picnic and enjoy the storytelling and other forest-themed activities. At last count there were 7 events across the UK:  Hainault Forest, east London; East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, Bovey Valley, Devon; Whitehill Woods, east Durham; Plas Power & Nant Mill Woods, Wrexham, Wales; Eliburn Woods, Livingston, Scotland; Ledmore & Migdale Woods, Sutherland; Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The Downs Dash is a chance to take on the Challenge of walking 40 miles of the South Downs Way over 2 days to raise money for Dreams Come True - helping life limited and seriously ill children fulfil their dreams and wishes. The Dash takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October. £50 registration fee to include guide, overnight accommodation, meals and celebratory drink and buffet, plus a pledge to raise £150. Contact Bridget Glynne-Jones on 07884 001910 or email

Burn the midnight oil and sign up for the second St Christophers Midnight Walk, raising money to support bereaved children and young people. Entry: £15 (includes Midnight Walk T-Shirt). The 5 mile walk starts at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, London at 11pm, Saturday 17 Sep 2011. They would like volunteers for marshalling too.

The Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival dates for 2012 have just been set as Saturday 28 April - Sunday 6 May. There will lots of special-interest walks on photography, geology, wildlife as well as general interest walks to suit all abilities.

The Dartmoor Challenge, for Marie Curie Cancer Care, is on Sunday 9th October 2011. Starting at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, the 13 mile route is through some of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of Dartmoor. After going across rugged moors, through ancient woodland and off the beaten track, on completion you can celebrate your achievement with a well deserved cream tea! Registration is just £10 (which covers your T-shirt, cream tea and parking) and you are asked to aim to raise £50 in sponsorship. More on the Marie Curie website (select Dartmoor, Devon 2011).