How the Duke of Cornwall stole a footpath and I rediscovered it

How the Duke of Cornwall stole a footpath and I rediscovered it

The Ramblers Association has launched a campaign to reclaim some of Britain’s lost footpaths before legislation comes into effect that turns them permanently into private land. The campaign was accompanied by the launch of a clever app which I had some fun with last weekend.

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Beautiful places are more crowded, but the world is getting better, not worse

Beautiful places are more crowded, but the world is getting better, not worse

The rise of social media means the world’s most beautiful places are becoming busier. Is this a bad thing, and does it mean we should think twice about visiting them? In this posts, I use data to argue these developments are part of a changing world that is getting better.

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An introduction to ExplorersWeb, the adventurers’ website on a new journey

An introduction to ExplorersWeb, the adventurers’ website on a new journey

ExplorersWeb has been one of the leading sources of news about adventurous expeditions for many years now. But as they say in the pub trade, it’s now under new management. This means that some important changes are taking place. There is a new team of editors and a new design, but this is just the start.

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Why I’m supporting the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains appeal

Why I’m supporting the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains appeal

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has just launched a new appeal, Mend Our Mountains, with the ambitious target of raising £1 million to repair footpaths in UK mountain areas. Here’s why I’m happy to dip my hand in my pocket for this worthwhile cause.

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Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

Should outdoor and mountaineering writers talk about politics?

If you write about a subject that appeals to people of all political beliefs, then you should avoid talking about politics. But what if politics touches on the things you care about deeply enough to write about – do you say nothing? The answer to this is surprisingly simple.

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