A team member demonstrates the doggy handbag, with a rescue dog keeping a watchful eye. Photo: Keswick MRT

A team member demonstrates the doggy handbag, with a rescue dog keeping a watchful eye. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker and his dog had to be rescued from a Lakeland fell after the animal refused to continue.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Thursday when the man called for help after struggling to carry the nine-year-old dog.

Both were getting cold after a long, wet day on a section of the Cumbria Way between Keswick and Caldbeck.

The team was alerted at 6.20pm. A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “They had just gone past Lingy hut towards High Pike in the Caldbeck Fells.

“The man attempted to carry to dog but it was too tiring and they were both getting cold so he returned to Lingy hut after calling 999 and asking for mountain rescue help.

“A small team drove to Mosedale mines from where they quickly climbed up to the hut where they found the man and his dog.

“With visions of great danes and rottweilers and the possibility of having to call more team members to stretcher the dog off, the team were pleased to find a small and easily portable cold, shivering terrier.

The reluctant four-legged walker with a team member. Photo: Keswick MRT

The reluctant four-legged walker with a team member. Photo: Keswick MRT

“The pair were escorted down to the track at Mosedale road-end where one of the team members was able to drive the man and his dog to their accommodation in Caldbeck.”

The rescue involved six Keswick MRT volunteers and lasted almost 2¾ hours.

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