Winter conditions are still to be found on many Lakeland felltops

Winter conditions are still to be found on many Lakeland felltops

Rescuers in the Lake District are urging hillgoers to be prepared for the conditions with many felltops covered in ice and snow.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team said crampons and ice axe are essential pieces of kit for walkers heading for the mountains.

The warning came after the team was called out to help two health visitors stuck in icy conditions in a remote area near Brampton.

The team was alerted at 1.30pm yesterday. A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately their vehicle had become stuck on an ice-covered road.

“A team Land Rover was used to drive the health visitors to their patient, and return them to their vehicle which was soon helped on its way.

“Three team members were involved for two hours.

“Now that the cold weather has arrived it is important to be prepared for snow and ice, whether making a journey or going on the hills.

“Warm clothing is essential; if you are driving ensure you have a shovel to spread grit. If you are going on to the hills don’t forget your crampons and ice axe.”

The Mountain Weather Information Service is forecasting heavy hail and snow showers for the Lake District, with winds on the hills near gale force.

Intermittent snow is likely throughout the week on Britain’s mountains, the independent meteorological service said.

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