Rescuers led the men down to Swirls on the western side of the mountain. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers led the men down to Swirls on the western side of the mountain. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two walkers were led to safety from England’s third-highest mountain after experiencing difficulty finding their descent route.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 5.50pm on Wednesday to aid the men, who had summited Helvellyn via Striding Edge.

A team spokesperson said: “Although they had adequate clothing for the cold conditions and a headtorch, they had difficulty navigating in darkness and cloud off the summit, and down their intended route of Swirral Edge.

“Not sure of a safe route down, they requested help. Keswick team sent a small team up to the summit and walked them down to Swirls car park by Thirlmere.”

The walkers were then taken to Keswick, from where they used a taxi to return to their car at Glenridding.

The spokesperson warned: “It’s chilly on top.”

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