The walkers were found at Gaping Gill, an 80m deep pothole on the slopes of Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walkers were found at Gaping Gill, an 80m deep pothole on the slopes of Ingleborough. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers had to lend a group of walkers headtorches to reach safety after they got lost on the slopes of one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.

The three 25-year-old men were with a 14-year-old girl when they got lost on Ingleborough on Friday.

The group, which also had two dogs with them, became overtaken by darkness after becoming disoriented on the hill.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out about 3.45pm after the walkers managed to phone police. The call was made using emergency roaming, and the group was unable to give the emergency service an accurate location.

A team spokesperson said: “After several mistaken locations, they found Gaping Gill, and were able to contact the duty controller directly by responding to his calls to them.

“As visibility was poor and night had fallen, they were told to stay where they were until team members arrived to escort them from the hill.

“Upon being met by two team members, they were loaned headtorches and walked down to the team vehicle for transport back down to the road.”

The callout was the 99th incident the CRO has dealt with this year.

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