The rescue team accompanied the walkers to Dalehead Tarn. Photo: Ian Capper CC-BY-SA-2.0

The rescue team accompanied the walkers to Dalehead Tarn. Photo: Ian Capper CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two walkers had to be rescued from a Lake District fell after they got stuck in icy conditions.

Rescuers warned that correct equipment is essential when heading for the area’s mountains after going to the aid of the pair who had no crampons or ice axes.

Keswick Mountain Rescue team was called out about 2.35pm on Monday to help the walkers who got into difficulties on Dale Head.

A team spokesperson said: “A group of four adults making their way on to Dale Head from Newlands became cragfast close to the top when the path they were on became very icy.

“Two of them were able to reach the summit ridge, but the other two were stuck. As they had no crampons or ice axes, they had to request assistance.

“The team was on the scene within 50 minutes, and assisted them off.

“They were walked down to Dalehead Tarn, from where they made their own way back to their vehicle.”

Twenty volunteer team members were involved in the rescue which took just over two hours.

The spokesperson added: “It may be half-term, but it is still winter, and paths at high levels are icy.

“Make sure you have the proper equipment to keep moving on the hill: ice axe, crampons, torch, warm clothing.”

The incident was the team’s 13th of the year.

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