Keswick team members in action during the rescue. Photo: Keswick MRT

Keswick team members in action during the rescue. Photo: Keswick MRT

A Lake District team was called out to rescue two walkers stuck at one of their regular sites on a fell.

A man and his daughter became cragfast on Barf on Thursday while using the route detailed by Alfred Wainwright in one of his Lakeland guides.

A team spokesperson said the pair got stuck just below Slape Crag: “The usual place – after flogging up the scree in the nasty gully west of The Bishop.”

The spokesperson added: “We regularly retrieve folk from here, as the difficult step on to Slape Crag itself is very intimidating, and the route down seems a lot harder to descend than ascend.

“A team of five went out, while six more stood by at base in case they were needed. The pair were assisted down the difficult section to the footpath by Beckstones Gill, and returned to their car.”

The 1½-hour rescue involved 11 Keswick MRT members.

Wainwright says of the route at Slape Crag in volume six of his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells: “This obstacle can be safely negotiated at one point only. Bear left at its base, across scree, to a rock traverse above an oak and a rowan together.

“The traverse revives lurid memories of Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark, but is short and easy.”

The Bishop is a white-painted prominent rock on the slopes of the 468m (1,535ft) fell.

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