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First Bushcraft Show In UK

May 26th, 2011

The Bushcraft Show will take place in Cumbria from 3 – 5th June 2011 on the edge of Lake Windermere in the YMCA Newby Bridge. Individuals and families have a great weekend in store and can have a go at what they’ve seen Ray Mears tackle. The three day event will be jam packed with amazing activities that will take you, your friends and family on a wood lore and survival adventure. Right from the opening morning, you will be able to try your hand at woodland survival crafts such as trap building and triggers, rope making, bow drilling, stone sharpening. You will pick up loads of new skills – from tracking animals and learning about wildlife trails to identifying the difference between edible and poisonous plants. You will be able to watch and learn from experts on the art of wood carving, stone sharpening, and hide working. What the best bush tucker is and tasty ways to cook it. Become an expert at Basha Coracle making – an improvised boat using a waterproof tarp and items from the surrounding countryside.  Information on The Bushcraft Show including timetables, tickets, courses and accommodation as well as the full entertainment programme is available at

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Capture Dartmoor On Camera Competition

May 21st, 2011

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Dartmoor National Park, the National Park Authority has launched an online photography competition with some great prizes. Visitors and residents alike are being encouraged to get out and capture the essence of Dartmoor on camera – its natural beauty, distinctive wildlife or fascinating cultural heritage. “If you have a photo which you feel really captures the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park, then we would love to see it. By the end of the competition we should have an amazing online gallery of images which celebrate what Dartmoor National Park means to people,” explains Jackie Ridley, Promotion and Development Officer for Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Entrants to the competition could win some great prizes – the first prize is a landscape photography workshop with Devon-based landscape photographer Adrian Oakes; second prize is a large canvas wrap of one of your own photos.

Photo credit: Dartmoor West from Saddle Tor – Richard Reed

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Transform Journeys With ‘The Complete National Cycle Network’ Free App

May 18th, 2011

Access over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling network across the UK, anytime anywhere, with ‘The complete National Cycle Network’ app from UK charity Sustrans. The free app will be available soon from the iTunes store and is the first time the charity will make this UK-wide transport network, that serves millions of people locally, available for mobile phones. Sustrans has created the app from its OS-based online mapping facility and it has been specifically designed to help people make more of their everyday journeys on foot or by bike.

It includes 25000 miles of route – including all 13000 miles of award-winning National Cycle Network and a further 12000 miles of regional and local routes and links. All routes have been assessed and approved to be included in the mapping and are shown at a 1:10000 scale. It integrates with the public transport network and provides links to the Transport Direct journey planning website, making it easier to get bus and train updates from any location so you can plan longer journeys. The app also recommends routes for easy local travel as well as more long distance ones for leisure walks and rides.

The latest route developments and additions to the Network will be updated fortnightly and you can plan and save routes or share them with your friends. You can also record and keep a GPS track of your route as you walk or ride along and centre the map on your current location. It also has a direct link to the Sustrans website – – where you can check out events, the latest transport news and local walking, cycling and neighbourhood projects in your area.

Martyn Brunt, Sustrans’ Development Manager for the Network, said, “The high standards Sustrans has applied in developing the National Cycle Network mean it shows the best routes for walking and cycling across the UK, and the level of local detail, no matter where you are, makes it a great ‘go-to’ app for local knowledge, everyday travel or leisure.”

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