The walkers went astray while heading for Pen-y-ghent. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walkers went astray while heading for Pen-y-ghent. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge were rescued after getting lost in the dark.

The pair called for help from the slopes of Pen-y-ghent after previously summiting Ingleborough and Whernside on Sunday.

Police alerted the Cave Rescue Organisation about 9.30pm. A team spokesperson said delays in their walk earlier in the day meant they were approaching their final peak at dusk.

“After it became dark they reported themselves lost and described being beside a wall, in a boggy area, with the summit of Pen-y-ghent on their left hand side,” the spokesperson said.

Attempts by the police and the CRO to pinpoint the walkers’ location using mobile phone apps were unsuccessful.

The spokesperson said: “One of the walkers was able to send a screenshot from their phone which showed a vague map illustrating their approximate location. CRO mobilised a small search party and found the lost walkers by a field boundary near to Hull Pot Beck.

“In the dark, the walkers had strayed quite a way off the usual Three Peaks route. The walkers were escorted to a CRO vehicle and taken down to Horton in Ribblesdale.”

The CRO spokesperson said the two walkers were well equipped and had spent time trying to get themselves to safety before deciding it was best to call for help.

They then helped rescuers find them by staying in their position.

The spokesperson said: “Hopefully their next endeavours at the Three Peaks will be a little less eventful. Our best wishes from all of the team.”

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