The walkers had strayed over to Dow Crag. Photo: Michael Graham CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walkers had strayed over to Dow Crag. Photo: Michael Graham CC-BY-SA-2.0

Two walkers were rescued after getting lost in low cloud on the Lake District fells.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 3.05pm after the couple rang for help on Sunday.

Two team members who were already walking on the hills made their way to the man and woman, after the team used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint their positions.

The pair had ascended The Old Man of Coniston but became disoriented in the poor visibility and rain. They believed they had followed the ridge to Swirl How but had actually dropped down to Goat’s Hawse and over to Dow Crag.

The rescuers found them slightly west of Dow Crag, cold and wet but uninjured. The two rescuers accompanied them off the fell to meet other Coniston MRT members making their way up the mountain from Walna Scar.

The couple were then taken back to Coniston in a team vehicle.

The two-hour rescue involved 17 volunteers from Coniston MRT.

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