The woman was found walking down Kentmere after spending the night on the hills. Photo: Mick Melvin CC-BY-SA-2.0

The woman was found walking down Kentmere after spending the night on the hills. Photo: Mick Melvin CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was found safe and well after a major overnight search involving three teams in the Lake District.

Members of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs also joined the operation to find the woman, who was reported overdue after failing to return to her car at the Cow Bridge car park near Hartsop.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 11pm on Wednesday to search for the walker, who was alone and believed to be in the Hartsop Dodd area.

A team spokesperson said: “Whilst gathering information from the informant about the intended route it was decided to extend the search area and request the assistance from Penrith and Kendal MRTs, along with the Lake District search and rescue dogs.

“The search continued throughout the night without success. During the early hours a request was made to Cumbria police and the Air Rescue Coordination Centre at Kinloss for an RAF Sea King helicopter.

“The helicopter was placed on standby to begin searching the area at first light.

“At approximately 6.15am when several of the search dog parties in the Kentmere valley area were beginning to return after completing their search areas, the woman was located walking down Kentmere after spending the night on the fell.”

The spokesperson said she was in good spirits and was checked over by rescuers before being taken to the Kendal team’s base to be reunited with her partner.

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