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Helvellyn voted Britain's best walk

Helvellyn has been voted Britain's favourite walk in ITV's Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100, presented by Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba.

The programme featured the best places to walk across the country, with routes shortlisted right across the UK, voted for by the public.

If you missed last night's show, you can find out which other of your favourite places featured here.

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Climber falls 150m helping "ill-equipped" Helvellyn walker

Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

A 39-year-old man climbing Helvellyn headwall has fallen almost 500ft after trying to help another walker who slipped near to Swirral Edge.

The climber suffered serious chest injuries, but made his way down the mountain with a companion, where 20 members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and an air ambulance assisted.

He was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment.

Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team posted to Facebook about the incident:

To everyone's surprise, the casualty was able to walk to the aircraft with some support - a very lucky man."

– Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

The "ill-equipped" walker, who had initially fallen, was rescued by another climber.


Man seriously injured after 500-foot Helvellyn fall

The man is in critical condition. Credit: ITV Border

A man has been seriously injured after falling five hundred feet from Helvellyn.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called on Saturday afternoon, after the man in his thirties fell from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were also called out, as well as the coastguard helicopter. They say the man fell while descending Helvellyn.

He was treated for severe injuries to his head, neck, spine and chest and flown to hospital in Newcastle.

He is described as being in critical condition.

Helvellyn death

A father has died in a fall from a popular Lake District mountain route. The 59 year old was walking with his son on Helvellyn when the accident happened. Mountain rescuers say a number of walkers risked their own safety to help the man. Kate Walby reports.

Father dies after falling from Helvellyn

A man has died after falling from Striding Edge in the Lake District, while walking with his son, on Saturday, June 20.

File photograph: Walkers make their way along Striding Edge. Credit: PA

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out along with an RAF SeaKing helicopter.

The walker had severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On behalf of the rescue services involved in the incident, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life. Helvellyn is a very special place and the ridges make for a great mountain day. The man and his son were well equipped. Those people who were walking on the ridge at the time, and who risked their own safety to assist the man, should be commended. They did everything they could to help.'

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale Team Leader
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