Jack's Rake. Photo: Ian Taylor CC-BY-SA-2.0

Jack's Rake. Photo: Ian Taylor CC-BY-SA-2.0

The body of a man has been recovered by rescuers from a Lakeland scrambling route.

Police requested the help of the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team yesterday about 1.35pm and 16 team members were joined by half a dozen colleagues from the Kendal team in recovering the body from Jack’s Rake in Great Langdale.

Nick Owen of the Langdale and Ambleside team said the man was about a third of the way up the rake on a small ledge.

He did not appear to have fallen. “Police called us and asked us to recover the body. We had to use about 90m of rope to get him down.

“We carried him down to Stickle Barn in an operation that took about six hours.”

A spokesman for Cumbria Constabulary said: “The man has not been formally identified yet. He is a man believed to be in his 20s but we do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.

“The coroner has been informed.”

Jack’s Rake is a classic easy scramble leading from Stickle Tarn to the top of the 700m (2,297ft) Pavey Ark.

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