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Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images

opinion The Landscapes Review - The Future of National Parks is in Our Hands

The Glover Review is the first official appraisal in 70 years of the way England runs its National Parks and AONBs. From a startling loss of biodiversity to a shameful lack of diversity among visitors, all is not rosy. Paul Besley examines the Review and looks to the future.


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Has roadside camping become a victim of its own popularity?  © Dan Bailey

Roadside Camping Bans - The Case For and Against

Anti social camping has become a hot topic in recent years, but what's the solution? We've asked a proponent of camping bans and a defender of public access to each make their case.

Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine
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.

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

Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford
Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford

Outside The Panopticon: An argument for living and climbing without social media

David Pickford explains why, in his view, social media is detrimental to...

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...

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...

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

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

When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out?

Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day
Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day

Cutting-Edge Climbing or Insta-fame?

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?

Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles
Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles

Athlete Loses Sponsorship for Bullying: A Response to the Response

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

Andy Nicholsen happy while lowering off his first Kalymnos 7a.  © Chris Craggs
Andy Nicholsen happy while lowering off his first Kalymnos 7a.  © Chris Craggs

Guidebooks should omit specific Sport Route Lengths

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

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

Taking Forward Wales' Management of Natural Resources


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