The waterfalls around Pontneddfechan can be challenging, rescuers said

The waterfalls around Pontneddfechan can be challenging, rescuers said

Rescuers are reminding walkers and outdoor enthusiasts that the nights are drawing in as summer draws to a close.

The warning follows the rescue of two walkers who got caught out in challenging terrain when it dropped dark.

Luckily, mountain rescuers were training in the area and were able to be with the two women within a quarter of an hour.

The walkers, one from St Albans in Hertfordshire and one from Canada, set out on a waterfalls walk from Pontneddfechan in the afternoon on Thursday, but misjudged the length of the walk.

The women, both in their 20s, didn’t have torches and realised it was too dangerous to carry on walking in the dark.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team was training nearby and were at the scene within 15 minutes.

Penny Brockman, team leader with Central Beacons MRT, said: “The women were lucky to be able to provide an accurate location of where they were from a mobile phone mapping system and we reached them at approximately 10.30pm.

“Calling us was the right thing to do as the terrain can be challenging even in daylight and the mobile signal is very patchy in this area.

“Team members were equipped with high-powered torches and were able to walk them to safety.

“Even though we are still enjoying glorious weather we would like to remind anyone heading out into the hills that nights are already drawing in and it is now dark more than an hour earlier than a month ago.

“A torch, map and compass are vital kit for any outdoors enthusiast.”

Some articles the site thinks might be related:

  1. Callout to collapsed Yorkshire Three Peaks walker prompts second rescue
  2. Winter warning from rescuers after rescue of man stuck on Dow Crag
  3. Mountain rescuers’ warning to walkers as hills remain in grip of winter
  4. Rescuers’ warning as runner collapses on Brecon Beacons SAS death route
  5. Spot tracking device alarm prompts major Glen Shiel search for walker