The couple became disoriented on the Kinder Scout plateau. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The couple became disoriented on the Kinder Scout plateau. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A pair of walkers were rescued from the Peak District’s highest hill after getting lost.

The couple called for help after becoming disoriented on the summit plateau of Kinder Scout on Wednesday.

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team was called out and 31 of its volunteers took part in the operation to find the walkers and bring them to safety.

Paul Mann of the team said the pair were trying to follow the former Pennine Way route from Kinder Downfall over the plateau to the hill’s southern edges.

The communications officer said: “Having tried to back-track their route they realised they couldn’t relocate the stream they had followed and wisely took the decision to stay put and raise the alarm.

“Soon after deploying search dog Shep with Dolly, I was able to make contact with one of the missing pair and confirm their location from a GPS position.

“Dolly then located them and they were walked off to a waiting team vehicle at Edale Cross.”

The rescue lasted four hours and was the team’s 25th of the year. It was the first since the Kinder team’s chairman Ken Blakeman collapsed and died while on a callout to Kinder Scout on Saturday.

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