Children among walkers rescued in dark on Cumbria fell

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A group of walkers has been criticised after getting lost on a dark fell in Cumbria with three young children.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue team was called by police to find the party of six, including three children, aged eight, three and two.

The walkers from Gateshead did not have torches and were stranded near Boredale Hause, Patterdale, on Wednesday, before they were eventually found.

Rescuers have told ramblers not to walk the fells without torches and maps.

Torch and compass

A spokesman for the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team said: "We were called by police to go to the assistance of a group of six people who were stranded on the fell.

"The group did not have torches and included three young children who were unable to continue in the darkness.

"The team located the party by using the blue lights on the vehicle, which the party was able to see in the valley bottom.

"Four team members then made their way up to the group and provided lights and assistance to get them off the fell.

"The team would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of carrying the correct equipment when out for a day on the fells, to include a torch, map and compass."

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