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Welcome back! UK's national parks brace for staycation invasion
As the Covid crisis eases, the UK’s beauty spots are learning from last year’s litter and parking rows about welcoming record crowds

Sarah Johnson

28, Mar, 2021 @9:45 AM

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Finding the middle of nowhere: hiking to Scotland's great wilderness
Memories of a winter trip to the most remote spot in Britain are a reminder of the raw beauty of the Highlands

Phoebe Smith

19, Feb, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Country diary: a fantasy escape for when lockdown ends
Plynlimon Fawr, Ceredigion: Ascending the highest peak in the Cambrian mountains offers views of expansive valleys and moorland lakes

Jim Perrin

13, Feb, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: on this mystical upland, a case of mistaken identity
Rhyd Ddu, Gwynedd: Fairies know how to confuse us mere humans, as they did during the making of my previous column

Jim Perrin

28, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: we scatter our dad's ashes on to his most beloved hill
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: This was the perfect day to return him to the place that gave hope, strength and inspiration

Paul Evans

14, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Country diary: the floating island of Llyn y Dywarchen
Rhyd Ddu, Gwynedd: In a local legend, a fairy woman agrees to marry a mortal on one condition - that he never touch her with iron

Jim Perrin

09, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Weatherwatch: the 'Winter of Terror' and alpine avalanches
In 1951, parts of Switzerland, Italy and Austria were hit by a deadly season that killed hundreds

David Hambling

02, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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'The litter was a shock': 2020's Covid-driven rush on UK national parks
In lockdown, beauty spots such as Snowdonia attracted new visitors – but also fires, parking rows and ‘fly-camping’

Helen Pidd North of England editor

01, Jan, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Country diary: following in the footsteps of Nan Shepherd
Creag Dubh, Highlands: Described by the Scottish writer as ‘blue cold and brilliant’, the walk was less inviting on our day up the mountain, but no less exciting

Merryn Glover

24, Dec, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Hamish MacInnes obituary
Mountaineer and adventurer who tackled Everest in 1953, invented the all-metal ice-axe and set up the Glencoe mountain rescue team

Ewen MacAskill

06, Dec, 2020 @4:46 PM

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Warning to 'Instagram hikers' at Peak District plane wreck site
Mountain Rescue team urge visitors to ‘eerie landscape’ to better prepare for poor weather

Helen Pidd North of England editor

20, Nov, 2020 @1:14 PM

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I can’t visit Scotland’s mountains – so I’m sketching them instead
With the UK’s glorious peaks temporarily out of reach, our writer is bringing them to life by drawing them

Heather Dawe

17, Nov, 2020 @6:30 AM

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