The walker was guided by rescuers down to Hayeswater. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker was guided by rescuers down to Hayeswater. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers in the Lake District warned walkers they need to equip themselves with proper waterproof clothing, even in the height of summer.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team issued the reminder after a man tackling the Coast to Coast Walk got into difficulties on Friday.

The walker, undertaking the challenge solo, called police about 4pm after getting lost in low cloud on the fells.

A team spokesperson said: “Due to the wet weather he was cold and got disorientated.

“The team leader talked the male down over the phone towards Hayeswater reservoir. A team Land Rover then collected the cold and very wet walker at the reservoir outflow.”

He was dropped off at a local B&B to get dry with a view to continuing his journey in the morning.

The spokesperson added: “This incident illustrated the importance of equipping yourself with top-quality waterproof gear. Even in the summer you can get very cold very quickly in the mountains when you get soaked through.”

The incident lasted 1½ hours and involved five Patterdale MRT volunteers.

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