The walkers reported themselves lost near the summit of Scafell Pike

The walkers reported themselves lost near the summit of Scafell Pike

A rescuer called to help two walkers lost on England’s highest mountain found another six people who had got into difficulties.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out yesterday after the pair called to say they had lost their way near the summit of Scafell Pike.

The team used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint their position and a member who was already on the 978m (3,209ft) fell went to help the walkers.

While the group was descending the hill, they come across another half dozen walkers who were struggling and accompanied them to safety in Wasdale Head. The group was also provided with waterproof clothing by rescuers.

Around the same time, police contacted the team to say another pair of walkers had been reported overdue, but they turned up safe and well before a rescue was organised.

Wasdale MRT members warned the fell tops are unseasonably cold, with high winds adding to the chill.

The cool weather is forecast to continue, with sleet and possibly snow likely tomorrow on munros in Scotland.

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