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Campaign to fund urgent mountain repairs close to its target

On a sunny day like today it really gives you the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and admire the picturesque scenery on display here in Wales.

But maintaining some of Wales landscapes doesn't come cheap and The British Mountaineering Council are calling on the public to make a contribution.

The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are two of eight UK national parks which are to to supported by this campaign.

Watch: Hannah Thomas reports from The Brecon Beacons.

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MoD to be censured over Brecon Beacons deaths

The Ministry of Defence is to be censured over the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013.

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Health and Safety Executive said it will issue a so-called Crown Censure following the tragedy on one of the hottest days of 2013.

But for Crown immunity, the MoD would have faced prosecution for failings identified, said the HSE.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during the march and Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby collapsed and died later.

More: Ministry of Defence to be censured over deaths of three soldiers in Brecon Beacons

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Coffin route blanket laid to rest on Black Mountain

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A hand-knitted 20ft woolen blanket which has heather seeds sewn into it has been carried to the Black Mountain to help restore a peat bog.

The Cwtch blanket was knitted by Swansea based artist Ann Jordan in 2009 from 12 miles of yarn from local Black Mountain sheep.

When the blanket was completed in 2010 it was named ‘cwtch’ and laid in an ancient burial cairn on the Black Mountain to pay tribute to an ancient walking route dubbed the ‘coffin route’.

The route earned its name when the bodies of men from nearby farms, who died in quarries and mines on the other side of the Black Mountain, were returned home.

I am absolutely delighted that the blanket can be returned to the earth from whence it came and will hopefully play a role in repairing the bare peat that is in decline in that area. I made this blanket to represent the decline of the wool industry, to mark the old coffin route that not only quarry workers and miners walked along, but also a trail that farmers’ wives followed –knitting as they walked.

– Ann Jordan

Seven of 'the world’s all-time best places to visit' in Wales

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According to the Lonely Planet Guide Wales has seven of the world's best places to visit.

It has compiled an 'Ultimate Travelist' of 500 places it believes the every traveller must experience.

The places chosen in Wales are:

  • Snowdonia (181)
  • Portmeirion (207)
  • St Davids Cathedral (294)
  • Caernarfon Castle (315)
  • Brecon Beacons (365)
  • Tintern Abbey (373)
  • St Fagans National History Museum (431)

Top of the list are the Temples of Angkor, Cambodia.

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