The walker fell from Striding Edge, a grade-one scramble route

The walker fell from Striding Edge, a grade-one scramble route

A walker has died after falling more than 300ft on England’s third-highest mountain.

The 75-year-old man fell about 100m from Striding Edge on Helvellyn on Monday.

He suffered fatal injuries in the fall from the ridge. The walker is the fourth person to have died on the mountain this year.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called to the incident about 12.45pm. Team leader Mike Blakey said: “The thoughts of all the team members are with the man’s family, friends and walking companions at this difficult time.

“It was a stunning day on the mountain and great conditions to be out enjoying the views. The man was properly equipped and experienced. Sadly this is the fourth incident on Helvellyn in which climbers and walkers have lost their lives this year.

“We would like to thank the North West Air Ambulance, RAF Sea King helicopter and our colleagues in Penrith MRT for their assistance.”

Climber John Chadwick, 68, of Gamblesby in the Eden Valley, died after falling from the headwall above Red Tarn in February. David Barrow, 63, of Widnes, Cheshire, fell 300m (1,000ft) after going to the aid of a companion who had fallen a short distance from Swirral Edge in January, and died from his injuries. The body of Michael Flanagan, 45, of London, was also found at the foot of the headwall after a massive search involving more than 60 mountain rescue team members in January.

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