Visitors to Helvellyn are warned it is still in winter condition. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Visitors to Helvellyn are warned it is still in winter condition. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A rescue team has welcomed the increase in popularity of a Lake District mountain following its television vote as top peak in Britain.

But Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team warned that visitors to Helvellyn need to know the fell is in full winter condition and its ascent should only be attempted by those capable of dealing with such terrain and weather.

A team spokesperson said: “The recent ITV programme Britain’s Best Walks, presented by Julia Bradbury, has already begun to attract people to Helvellyn which will be great.

“However, please help Patterdale MRT to warn people, ahead of the Easter rush, that Helvellyn should only be attempted by those who have the experience, skills and knowledge to tackle this mountain in winter.

Julia Bradbury was featured on Helvellyn in television programme

Julia Bradbury was featured on Helvellyn in television programme

“We do want people to enjoy the Lakes and tackle Britain’s best walk when the weather is good. The base will be open on Easter Sunday and Monday for those who are looking for something to do.

“Please do keep an eye on the forecast and the felltop reports and make good decisions to keep yourselves safe.

“Please do share this in the hope that those who are not equipped or experienced choose more appropriate routes this weekend.”

A Lake District-specific mountain weather forecast is available on the Weatherline website, along with terrain, temperature, wind and other reports from the Lake District’s three felltop assessors who between them make the ascent of Helvellyn every day during winter, up to Easter.

Patterdale MRT said: “If you need mountain rescue this weekend please dial 999 and ask for mountain rescue. We will always respond.”

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