The walker got stuck after slipping on the limestone pavement above Malham Cove

The walker got stuck after slipping on the limestone pavement above Malham Cove

A walker had to be rescued after slipping and becoming wedged in a rock fissure in the Yorkshire Dales.

The 77-year-old man was walking on the limestone pavement on top of Malham Cove when he slipped into a grike.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out about 5.10pm on Tuesday and went to the walker’s aid.

A team spokesperson said: “Unfortunately his wife and companions were unable to lift him out.

“CRO was called and soon extracted him. Although uninjured, he was assisted a short distance to a team vehicle and given a lift down to their accommodation in Malham village.”

The blocks of limestone in the pavement have been weathered over thousands of years into clints, which are separated by numerous deep fissures called grikes.

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