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June 2011

Badges make their debut
Walkingworldbadge.jpgAfter a lot of ‘badgering’ by members over the years to produce a Walkingworld badge we have finally got some. These cute little metal and enamel badges are about two centimetres square with a brooch fastener, so they’ll fit neatly on a jacket lapel, fleece or rucksack. We have set the price at £3 per badge, of which £1 goes to Mountain Rescue. If you would like one you can buy one now or get one when you next subscribe.

In fact this is one way in which you can help us to raise funds for our local team, Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue (of which David is a member). Most people are unaware that the Mountain Rescue teams are all separate charities and have to raise most of their own funds , with relatively little coming from the central Mountrain Rescue association and none at all from government. In the remoter areas, like east Cumbria, small communities like Kirkby Stephen find it hard to raise the very substantial cost of the off-road vehicles that are essential for search and rescue work, especially as this comes on top of the everyday running costs of the team. The Kirkby Stephen team, for instance, currently has two Land Rovers that are well over twenty years old and which desperately need replacing. Follow the fundraising drive on Facebook

If you are in the area in the next few weeks you can also support the team’s Land Rover appeal by buying a copy of the new ‘Pathways’ book in the Church Gallery in Kirkby Stephen. On Saturday 25th June, 2pm – 4.30pm, David will be doling out signed copies of the book (£20 each, of which £10 goes to the appeal). The Church Gallery will continue to sell copies for several weeks at no profit to themselves, so £10 for each book can continue to go to the team. They also do a good cup of coffee and some nice cakes and they welcome dogs, so it’s great place to drop in. If you fancy making a weekend of it there’s good local information on Kirkby Stephen’s Walkers are Welcome website.

The Ramblers urge ambulance trusts to accept grid refs
A couple of years ago we were driving along the M5 when we witnessed an accident. Once the dust had settled there was a car stuck across the road and debris lying all over the place. Naturally we called the emergency services who of course wanted to know where we were. It was a bare stretch of road and we couldn’t remember which junctions we were between. “Don’t worry”, we said, “we have a GPS. We’ll switch it on and we’ll be able to give you an OS grid reference.” “Sorry,” came back the answer, “we can’t deal with grid references, we need a postcode or the next junction.” Way in the distance we could just make out a large blue road sign but straining our eyes we couldn’t make out what it said. Finally the operator remembered that there were marker poles every hundred metres on motorways and we gave her the number on the nearest. That seemed to do the trick (and fortunately no-one was hurt).

It seems that Ramblers walk leaders have been having the same problem when members of their party are injured on guided walks. Certain ambulance trusts still appear to be unable to interpret grid references and pass that location to their crews. The Ramblers are keen to find out the extent of the problem and talk to the relevant trusts about a solution. It seems that in some cases the software is available but the staff have not been adequately trained in its use. There is more information and you can report your own experience on the Ramblers website.

Walk slowly in Slovenia
InntravelBeehivesa.jpgWhen it comes to exploring somewhere new, slowing down is what it’s all about, and Inntravel understand this very well: their self-guided walking holidays allow you to become completely immersed in the rhythms of local life so that you can truly savour the moment. Whether you are gazing from a mountain path at lush, green valleys far below, or savouring a glass of chilled provençal rosé on the hotel terrace, it’s this wonderfully relaxed pace that helps to awaken the senses and create those extra special memories that never fade. 
On Inntravel’s 7-night hotel-to-hotel route among The Lakes & Julian Alps of Slovenia, for example, you encounter far more than the jaw-dropping scenery for which this country is becoming increasingly renowned. You will doubtless also stumble upon the brightly coloured kranji – or traditional beehives – and perhaps even exchange a few words with the beekeeper. He will welcome your interest, offer you a taste of pure wild honey, and leave you with one more sweet memory of Slovenia!

To find out more about this wonderfully slow holiday, and many more, you can order your brochure online, or speak to one of their experts by calling 01653 617034.

Rucksacks for women
hikinginscotland.jpgIt can be hard to get a snugly fitting rucksack whatever your sex, but for women it is even harder. The standard fit is almost always for blokes. It’s not so bad when you are carrying a light load but the more you put in a sack the more important it is that the weight is transfered properly to the hips, which should be doing most of the weight bearing.

Fortunately more and more equipment manufacturers are doing proper research and development into the particular needs of women and are creating rucksacks that match the female body shape better than ever before. We tried out a medium-sized day pack, the Jade 34 from Gregory, to see if it lived up to expectations. Read our review

Charity events
St Richard’s Hospice 2nd Waterways Walk takes place on Sunday 14th August. The 21 mile walk is one of their most popular events and helped to raise over £35,000 for the hospice last year. The route starts at Droitwich Rugby Club and takes walkers through the beautiful scenery and open countryside of Worcestershire, passing 41 locks. The walk meanders along the recently renovated Droitwich canal to the River Severn and back along the Worcester-Birmingham Canal. To take part visit the website and download a registration form.

Walk Ten 2011 runs from 30th July – 9th September. A series of evening walks this summer are being organised to help raise money for local Marie Curie Nurses. The 10km ‘Walk Ten’ events are being held at 20 venues across the country. The walks start at 6pm and at the end of the walk, there will be fun activities such as fireworks, live music, and picnics. Registration is £10 per person (children go free) but everyone is encouraged to raise as much as possible to support Marie Curie Cancer Care, whose nurses provide free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses in their own homes and in the charity’s hospices.

The brand new Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Walking Festival includes four different walks, of lengths varying from 4 to 26 miles, in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday 14th August. So far over 1200 have signed up to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Dales. People taking part can use the event to fundraise for a charity close to their heart so the event will help to boost the work of many local charities in the area.