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Mountaineering MP wins award

Posted 6 December 2012
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Mountaineering MP wins award
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The efforts of a member of Parliament to support climbing and mountaineering have been rewarded by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley gained a bronze medal for finishing third in the Sports Parliamentarian of the Year awards for 2012.

Mr Rutley, who is the Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Mountaineering Group, came third out of the 11 nominees for the awards and earned praise from British Mountaineering Council (BMC) chief executive Dave Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull said: "David has been an exceptional advocate for climbing and mountaineering... he has made a genuine and significant contribution. His efforts have raised awareness of the benefits that mountain-related activities bring to the wellbeing of the nation and to local economies."

Those heading for the hills with a climbing rope may therefore have little reason to be surprised if they encounter the MP there.

The BMC noted the chair of the awarding panel Brigid Simmonds was also full of praise for Mr Rutley, saying the outdoor pursuits sector was grateful for his efforts.

She continued: "David has been especially effective at engaging government ministers and has even successfully encouraged his colleagues to put their walking boots on."

Mr Rutley's own constituency of Macclesfield may not be the prime area for mountaineering, but its eastern fringes are in the Peak District and do offer some good moorland walking.

These include Park Moor, Whaley Moor and the wide open spaces of Lyme Park, which includes Park Moor and the Cage, a curious old hunting lodge located on a small hill in the park that is visible for many miles across the flatter land to the north and west. Other notable structures include the whitewashed folly of White Nancy above Bollington.

Walkers can also enjoy many paths and routes around the fields of the Cheshire plain that covers the rest of the countryside around the constituency, including the linear footpath of Middlewood Way, which runs northwards from Macclesfield to Marple along an old railway line.