Telephone call from the police to assist a group of four adult walkers who were tired and overdue following their walk up to Scafell Pike. They had descended into Eskdale and were making their way back up towards Esk Hause. Their location was Knotts of the Tongue (bottom of crags leading up to Esk Hause). The Team Leader advised them that if the team were to be called out they would still have to walk off the mountain. They were given directions over the phone to head up to the cross roads at Esk Hause and turn northwest (left) towards Sty Head Tarn and on to Seathwaite. They contacted him again later to say they had made their way down but it had got dark so they had retraced their steps back to Esk Hause. The Team Leader decided to call the Keswick team as their destination was Seathwaite. Keswick put 20 team members out and recovered the benighted group.
Incident started at 18:00.