The 15 walkers were found above Long Scar, south-east of Gaping Gill

The 15 walkers were found above Long Scar, south-east of Gaping Gill

A group of 15 walkers undertaking a challenge had to be rescued after getting lost.

Two separate sets of walkers tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks were caught out when weather changed on the summit of Ingleborough and low cloud and hill fog enveloped the fell yesterday.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted at 7.25pm on Saturday.

A rescuers’ spokesperson said two groups of walkers, one of four and another of 11 people, met on the 724m (2,375ft) summit of Ingleborough and together tried for find their way down to Horton in Ribblesdale, 7km (4¼ miles) to the East.

The spokesperson said: “They got completely lost and eventually called for help.

“Before their phone died they were able to give enough information to place them, probably, in the Grange Rigg area.

“A CRO search party found all 15 of them above Long Scar, cold and tired, with two suffering from strained leg muscles and sore hips.

“All were transported off the hill and brought down to Clapham in a mixture of team and police vehicles.”

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge involves the summiting of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and walking the countryside between them in a 39km (24-mile) route.

Cave Rescue Organisation volunteers respond to requests for help both from stricken cavers and fellwalkers and climbers in the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

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