Torch warning to Cumbria fells walkers

Walkers are being warned to carry torches by Cumbria mountain rescue teams as the clocks change on Sunday.

Volunteer rescue teams fear people will be caught out by the shorter days and some will find themselves on the fells in darkness.

Wasdale, Cockermouth and the Langdale/Ambleside teams have also advised people not to rely on mobile phones to call for help.

Rescue teams in the Lake District attend more than 500 incidents a year.

Nick Owen, team leader at the Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team said: "We still speak to people, including some experienced fell walkers, who do not have a torch with them.

"All the technology in the world fails once it has gone dark and you can't see the ground."

Richard Warren, chairman of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, said: "As winter approaches it is worth making sure you are appropriately equipped.

"Waterproof and warm clothing, hats and gloves, suitable footwear, torches, plenty of food and hot drinks are all vital.

"Of course a map and compass and knowing how to use them are essential items and skills to get you and your party out of trouble."

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