Three walkers were lowered to safety by rescuers who found them clinging to a Snowdonia rock face.

The trio – two women from Hendon, north London and a man from Bedford – were cragfast on Tryfan’s western face. Members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) used ropes to lower the walkers 40m (130ft) to safety.

The women had separated from seven fellow teachers on the 915m (3,002ft) mountain, scene of a fatal fall in June this year. They rang police but were unable to give their position. The man, who had left a separate group, joined the two women on a steep rock face.

Eight MRT members found the other seven party members from Hendon before locating their stranded colleagues. They were eventually seen on a steep face in heavy drizzle.

Chris Lloyd of the MRT described the difficult rescue: “It was quite a struggle. They were occupying the only footholds and couldn’t move. It was difficult to set up the ropes.”

The three were lowered to a scree slope below and then walked off the mountain to the safety of the valley as night fell.

Three mountaineers were rescued on the same side of the mountain last month after getting into difficulties, the same day a man was airlifted to hospital from Tryfan after injuring his knee.

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Robert William Langham, 53, of Walsall in the West Midlands, was walking on Wales’s highest peak with his family when he fell ill.

24 rescuers from the Llanberis MRT went to his aid. Search and Rescue Dogs Association members also took part in the operation.