Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the western fells of the Lake District for over 50 years. We cover England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and respond to over one hundred calls for help each year. The team consists of approximately forty ‘professional volunteers’ who give their time to help those in need, whatever the weather, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information please read our about page. We rely on generous donations from the public to fund the team. Once a year, we recruit a new intake of probationary members.

Recent Rescues

Calf Cove, Great End – Sat 21st Dec 2019

Last night the team were called by Cumbria Police regarding two walkers reported overdue by their families. As we had limited initial information to go on there was a period of information gathering which resulted in a callout for the team at 01:21hrs to search the paths to Scafell Pike. With the assistance of Duddon and Furness MRT the missing persons where located near Calfcove Gill at approximately 06:30hrs and walked off the hill safe and well. All team members off the hill and back at base shortly after 9am. Thanks again to Duddon and Furness MRT for their assistance.

Hardknott Pass – Sun 1st Dec 2019

On Saturday afternoon the Team was asked by Cumbria Police to assist with a car stuck on Hardknott Pass due to ice. A small Team attended the incident and confirmed that the party were safe and well.

Kern Knotts, Great Gable – Sun 24th Nov 2019

The team was called at 17:47 hrs by Cumbria Police for a pair of walkers lost in the dark on Great Gable. Their position was established by phonefind to be at the bad step on the New Styhead Path. After a few words of advice from the team leader over the phone, they were able to continue the descent to Wasdale Head. A limited callout was made to meet them as their torch battery had expired and they were only left with the lights on their phones.

Little Narrowcove, Scafell Pike – Wed 20th Nov 2019

The team responded with a Limited Callout to reports of 3 walkers who had become lost after summiting Scafell Pike. They were located in the area of Upper Eskdale and walked back down to the roadside by Wasdale Team Members before being driven back round to Wasdale to their car.

Hollowstones, Scafell Pike – Sun 10th Nov 2019

After attending the Remembrance Day Memorial on Great Gable, the team were called to reports of a walker with a fractured wrist on the main path below Scafell Pike. Our Casualty Carers assessed and treated the casualty on scene before they were stretchered down to a waiting ambulance.