As a local resident I've been closely following a campaign for a "world class extreme sports centre" being proposed for Macclesfield. The proposal is to build a centre similar to the XC at Hemel Hempstead with faciliteis for "Skating, Scooting, BMX,Climbing, Bouldering, Caving, High Ropes and much much more" close to the centre of town. In principle it's a great idea, both for Macclesfield and for the outdoor community. The facilities at XC are stunning and it makes sense in…
The recent announcement that the Lake District National Park Authority is to put eight properties up for sale has hit the national headlines and again called into question the purpose of the authority itself. While there are indisputable economic arguments for the disposal of property that makes no financial return but costs money to maintain, some would say that the Authority has a duty and obligation to look beyond ure economics. To an extent this is accepted in a statement…
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:59

Using risk to break the inertia of inactivity

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There's something addictive about doing nothing. However you like to qualify it, as inertia or being "stuck in a rut", the vast majority of us human beings have an innate ability to settle for the status quo. Whether it's sticking in a job that bores you to death or parking your backside in front of a TV for the weekend it's a state that's unbelievably easy to drift into. Society values inertia, it allows us to be allocated and directed,…
The story of Adam Nolan and his missing Border Collie, Jasper, has grabbed the attention of outdoor people and dog lovers around the world. Since going missing on Sunday in the Lake District a social media appeal to find Jasper has been picked up by tens of thousands of people around the world. Volunteer search parties have assembled  day after day and even a helicopter has been brought in, with the search centred around Scafell and Cam Spout Crag where…
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