The Bad Step on Crinkle Crags. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

The Bad Step on Crinkle Crags. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was airlifted from a Lakeland fell after falling on a tricky rock scramble.

Members of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team were called after the man fell on the Bad Step on Crinkle Crags at the head of Great Langdale.

He suffered head and leg injuries and possible damage to his neck in the incident.

The team was alerted at 4pm on Friday and 17 members took part in the rescue, which took four hours. The walker was treated and stabilised at the scene before being stretchered a short distance to a waiting RAF Sea King helicopter.

The Bad Step is an awkward short scramble over a 3m (10ft) rock wall. It can be bypassed by walkers by heading either side of it on the ascent to the summits of Crinkle Crags, the highest of which is 859m (2,818ft). The Bad Step is more difficult to tackle while descending as the hand- and footholds are not visible.

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