Rescuers lead the walkers to safety down Hall's Fell Ridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers lead the walkers to safety down Hall's Fell Ridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

A couple were rescued from a Lake District fell after getting stuck on steep ground.

A woman walking with her partner and their two dogs called for help on Blencathra on Tuesday after leaving a ridge route on the mountain.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.45pm and began a search for the pair.

A team spokesperson said the two walkers got on to what they saw as dangerous slippery ground at the top of Hall’s Fell ridge, and decided to find an easier way off.

“Unfortunately, they chose to try to descend the side of Doddick Gill, which proved to be much more challenging than they expected, and some way down they became cragfast,” the spokesperson said.

“When contact was first made, their initial position was somewhat uncertain, and as there were three search dogs in base, they accompanied team members to search Doddick Gill from the bottom, while team members went to the top.

“The couple and their dogs were located in the top half of the gill, and were assisted back to safety on the ridge path after traversing above Doddick Gill. There they met up with the dogs who had been in the lower part of the gill.”

Team members then accompanied the couple down to the kennels at Doddick Farm, from where they made their way back to their accommodation.

The rescue lasted 2¾ hours and involved nine volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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