The lost walkers were found in the Green Hole area. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The lost walkers were found in the Green Hole area. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two lost walkers were offered emergency shelter by a wild camper in the central fells of the Lake District.

Rescuers found the walkers after spotting the tent in a remote area on Wednesday night.

Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team responded to a request from colleagues from the Wasdale team who were returning from another callout at the time.

The pair reported themselves lost in the dark and mist between Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags, in the Green Hole area.

Two teams were sent from the Duddon and Furness base, with one setting off about 10.30pm and heading from Cockley Beck up Moasdale towards Green Hole, while the other made its way from Brotherilkeld to search the upper reaches of the Esk towards Lingcove Bridge.

About half past midnight on Thursday, rescuers spotted a reflection in the distance.

A Duddon and Furness MRT spokesperson said: “Upon investigation a one-man tent was found, containing three people, two of whom were the missing walkers offered shelter by a wild camper.

“After being given warm clothes and food, the walkers were escorted to Brotherilkeld to catch a taxi back to their car.

“It appears that in an attempt to summit Scafell Pike, they had taken what can only be described as an epic route. After setting off from Wasdale Head, they passed Burnmoor Tarn, walked up and over the Hardknott Pass, then up the Wrynose Pass, passed Red Tarn on to Crinkle Crags, and then somehow ended up in Lingcove Beck where they were found.

“It must be said that they acknowledged their error and were very grateful for our assistance, and this incident highlights the importance of having the tools and ability to navigate.”

The team members then returned to base to perform coronavirus decontamination as well as standard kit and vehicle checks.

The five-hour rescue involved nine team members.

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