The walker was found near the top of Grindsbrook Clough. Photo: Steven Ruffles CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walker was found near the top of Grindsbrook Clough. Photo: Steven Ruffles CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker lost in the dark on the Peak District’s highest hill was found after a four-hour operation involving four mountain rescue teams.

Five handlers and animals form the Search and Rescue Dogs Association joined the hunt for the 38-year-old woman on Kinder Scout in the early hours of Thursday.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 2.30am, joining colleagues from the Kinder, Edale and Glossop teams in the search, in heavy rain and driving winds.

A Buxton MRT spokesperson said: “Although the rescue teams had mobile-phone contact with the woman from Doncaster she was unable to give any coherent information as to her probable location.

“Following the discovery of her car in Edale the search concentrated on Kinder Scout with the four rescue teams implementing a well practised operational search plan.

“Within two hours a group of Buxton Team members located the woman on the edge path at the top of Grindsbrook Clough.

“The lady was wet, cold and tired but was able to walk with assistance back to Edale from where she was taken by ambulance for a full examination at hospital

“Whilst the lady had little idea of where she had been, her correct outdoor clothing and the fact she carried a torch was a great aid to the success of the rescue.”

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