The Priest's Hole on Dove Crag featured in the BBC programme. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

The Priest's Hole on Dove Crag featured in the BBC programme. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was rescued after getting lost searching for a Lake District cave made popular after a television programme.

The 22-year-old woman planned to stay the night in the Priest’s Hole on Dove Crag, but strayed from the main path and found herself on steep ground below the cave.

Police alerted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team about 7.10pm on Friday.

A team spokesperson said: “Eleven team members and the team search dog were deployed to search for her.

“She was soon located by three team members and the search dog due to her flashing light and emergency whistle. She was then escorted down to the valley bottom.”

The cave was the site of a fatal fall in October when Kevin Ryan slipped and plunged 500ft near the Priest’s Hole.

The 50-year-old sports massage therapist from Cleethorpes was with a group planning to camp overnight in the cave.

The Priest’s Hole featured in BBC One’s Secret Britain series earlier in the year.

Earlier in the summer a man sustained serious injuries while attempting to reach the cave one evening and the team was also called to help a father and son near the site.

At the time, the Patterdale team said anyone searching for the cave should have a map and good navigation skills.

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