Mr Peel fell on Walker's Gully above Pillar Rock, which was in full winter conditions

Mr Peel fell on Walker's Gully above Pillar Rock, which was in full winter conditions

A man has died after falling on a Lake District fell.

Martin Peel, 35, of Clitheroe, Lancashire, was with two others on Pillar when he fell to his death in Walker’s Gully yesterday, Monday.

The three were descending from the 892m (2,927ft) summit of the mountain towards Pillar Rock for a climb when the incident happened.

Cumbria Constabulary said they received reports of a man falling about 2pm.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out and a helicopter from the North-West Air Ambulance flew some of the rescuers to the site from the valley in Ennerdale.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer also flew to the scene.

A police spokesperson said: “Sadly the body of a 35-year-old man from Lancashire was recovered from the scene.

“There are no suspicious circumstances.

“Police would like to thank those involved in the rescue and recovery encountering difficult conditions and terrain.”

Steve Brailey of Cockermouth MRT said 25 volunteer team members were involved in the operation, which lasted about five hours.

He said: “All the high mountains in the Lake District are iced up and we have some of the hardest névé we have seen for years.

“Anyone going on to the hills needs full winter gear including ice-axe and crampons.”

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