The woman got lost near Boredale Hause. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The woman got lost near Boredale Hause. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers in the Lake District reminded hill-goers to take account of shortening daylight hours after a walker had to be guided to safety as night fell.

A woman walking alone called 999 when she got lost near Boredale Hause.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team said she set off from Martindale intending to walk to Patterdale, but became disoriented near the col.

A team spokesperson said: “The team’s duty leader made contact by phone and managed to get an accurate location using a combination of the PhoneFind tool and WhatsApp live location sharing.

“Once located the walker was instructed to walk in the right direction with the use of her mobile phone’s compass and she safely made it down to Patterdale.

“With the clocks having changed to winter time the team would like to remind walkers to take into account the earlier sunset. Make sure you carry a torch and have a map and compass to be able to navigate safely.”

The sun currently sets at 4.40pm in Glenridding, with darkness likely about 40 minutes later, or sooner depending on weather conditions.

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