Hall's Fell Ridge and Blencathra summitThe winter of 2006-2007 is proving a grim one for fatalities on Britain’s mountains.

A 63-year-old Cumbrian walker was the latest to die when he tumbled from Hall’s Fell Ridge on Blencathra.

Left: Hall's Fell Ridge and Blencathra summit

Gordon Phillip Waterworth of Troutbeck Bridge died yesterday after suffering multiple injuries on the ridge, which leads to the summit of the 868m (2,847ft) fell. He was with his wife at the time of the fall, but it is not clear how the accident happened.

Keswick Mountain Rescue team were called out to the incident, and an RAF helicopter from Boulmer, Northumberland, winched the casualty to hospital in Carlisle, where he died from his injuries.

Rescuers say rock on the ridge was greasy at the time of the accident. Mr Waterworth fell about 200ft.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.