The group was brought to safety from Hart Crag. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The group was brought to safety from Hart Crag. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Four wild campers were offered refuge in a vicarage after being rescued from a Lake District fell.

The campers got into difficulties on Hart Crag overnight when one of their tents was blown over in heavy rain and high winds.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 10pm on Saturday when the group was overwhelmed by the weather after setting up camp near the summit of the 822m (2,697ft) mountain.

The campers became disoriented while trying to descend from the fell, and were becoming cold and soaked through.

A team spokesperson said: “Six team members went out and located them on the summit of Hart Crag and took them down Dovedale to safety into the valley.

“At around 3.30am they were welcomed by the local vicar in Patterdale who offered them refuge in the vicarage for the night.”

The five-hour rescue involved eight Patterdale team members.

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