The team was preparing to search the area around Matterdale Common. Photo: Colin Park CC-BY-SA-2.0

The team was preparing to search the area around Matterdale Common. Photo: Colin Park CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers in the Lake District are warning hillgoers of cooler conditions after a walker spent the night on the fells.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 3.15pm on Sunday when a man was reported overdue.

His family called police after he failed to meet them after going for a walk the previous day.

A team spokesperson said: “As the team began to make preparations for the search of Matterdale Common and the surrounding fells, the gentleman rang Cumbria police to say he had returned safely to his car after spending the night out on the fells.

“The gentleman was suitably equipped for a night on the fells albeit a little chilly.

“The team would like to take the opportunity to advise members of the public to be mindful that we are now moving into autumn and the nights are becoming colder.”

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