The walkers had descended to the western side of Ingleborough

The walkers had descended to the western side of Ingleborough

A search for two walkers in difficulties was called off when they turned up, on the wrong side of a fell.

The 20-year-old men rang for an ambulance on Saturday while attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk, a 39km (24-mile) circuit of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

The caller said one of them was unable to continue walking because his legs had seized.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted about 8.10pm.

A CRO spokesperson said the men told ambulance staff they were at the base of Ingleborough and could see the B6479, the road that runs from Settle to Horton in Ribblesdale to the East of the fell.

The spokesperson said: “Their phone was then unavailable to calls and texts from the CRO duty controller.

“As a local CRO member was covering the road between Selside and Horton, the licensee of the Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale, rang to say that they were there, but that they had believed it to be The Crown at Horton in Ribblesdale.”

The Old Hill Inn lies to the West of Ingleborough, on the B6255.

Rescue team members and ambulance staff were then stood down.

However, the CRO volunteer then encountered a more determined group of walkers tackling the Three Peaks challenge.

The spokesperson said: “While scanning the hillside above Horton for these two walkers, the local CRO member saw lights near Beecroft Hall.

“Investigation revealed a group of six, so determined to complete the Three Peaks unaided that they were carrying one of their party to the finish.

“One for all and all for one!”

Later that evening, the team had its third alert on the 723m (2,372ft) hill when a 24-year-old man, attempting the Three Peaks challenge, pulled a hamstring coming down from the summit to Simon Fell Breast.

The spokesperson said: “His four companions helped him as best they could, but realised they would not make it to Horton in Ribblesdale. With CRO on the way, they reached Sulber Nick, where they were met by CRO and transported off the hill.”

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