98 in 2011
Upper Eskdale
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Rosie, searching in Upper Eskdale

Rosie, searching in Upper Eskdale

Team called by police for three lost walkers on Scafell Pike.  Conditions were poor with “white down” (mist) and they were afriad of getting lost, unable to make their way back to their car in Seathwaite.  The call to the police from their mobile was cut short before all details could be collected.  The only information known was that they were on a south’ish  facing steep scree slope and that the lady in the party had a sore knee and was walking with difficulty.  A full team callout was eventually made at 6.55 p.m. as there had been no futher contact with them and therefore assumed to be still on the mountain.  Additional assistance was provided by three search dog handlers from SARDA(Lakes) along with members of the Duddon and Furness MRT.  Whilst the team were gathering, further information came in from the police that a group of four walkers were reported lost on Glaramara, one of them had arthritus.  This group had two children.  There was some confusion over whether this second group might be the first group.  However, after discussion with the police it was agreed that there was indeed a second incident and Keswick MRT were called out along with a Sea King Helicopter with night vision. 

The casualty party walking down from Upper Eskdale

The casualty party walking down from Upper Eskdale

The Scafell Pike missing group were quickly located in Upper Eskdale under Dow Crag (south side of Scafell Pike) later into the night, walked back down to Brotherikeld in Eskdale and driven to Gosforth.  Incident closed at 1.30 a.m.  Outcome of the Glaramara incident currently unknown but will eventually be posted on the Keswick MRT website.

Resources – WMRT 21 + members from Keswick MRT, Duddon and Furness full team plus three search dogs. 

The group lost had no torches and once down safely had to take a taxi back to Seathwaite at a cost of £130.  It is important to note that all members in a walking group should carry torches for such an eventuality.  It can save considerable MRT involvement and avoid the potential taxi fare.

We gratefully acknowledge a donation from the casualties.


Incident started at 17:05 and ended at 01:30 making 8.4 hrs in total. There were 21 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 22235 06290 (altitude 418 m). Total rescuer hours: 176