Rescuers are warning walkers with dogs of the difficulties their four-legged friend face on a popular Lakeland route.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team pointed out the challenging nature of the Wast Water Screes walk after they were called out to help an injured dog on the route, which leads from Brackenclose to Easthwaite.
After launching its rescue boat to reach the dog and its owner, the team was stood down as the owner of the injured labrador had managed to walk the animal to the pump house at the south-western end of Wast Water without the rescuers’ help.
However, the team said: “It is worth noting that the Wast Water Screes are very challenging for our canine friends.”
In May, Wasdale MRT members had to manhandle an exhausted 10-stone (64kg) bulldog from the Screes. At the time, a team spokesperson warned: “The path has a sting in the tail upon arrival at the boulder field at the south-western end of the lake.”
The team said the boulder field has no clear path and has slippery and unstable boulders and is more of a scramble than a lakeside ramble. It regularly catches out walkers, especially those with dogs, the spokesperson said.