The walkers got lost on Souther Scales Fell. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walkers got lost on Souther Scales Fell. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A couple had to be rescued after getting lost on their first hillwalking expedition.

The man and woman were caught out by the dark on Souther Scales Fell on the flanks of one of Ingleborough’s outliers in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was called out to aid the 25-year-old woman and the man, 26, about 6.40pm on Saturday.

A team spokesperson said the walkers became benighted when they made a detour to avoid the steep crags below Swine Tail, and lost their bearings. The team said they had no map, compass, torch or winter gear.

The spokesperson said: “A small team was sent to the location given by the PhoneFind facility available to us, and after a check on their wellbeing, they were escorted down to a team vehicle for transport back to their car.

“This was the couple’s first outing in a mountainous area, and although not adequately equipped, it is hoped they will not be deterred from venturing out again, although hopefully after the advice given, they will next time be better prepared.”

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