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24 hours of heavy rain sees water levels rise in Glenridding and Patterdale

Residents of Glenridding and Patterdale faced a nervous 24 hours after torrential rain left river levels rising and ground saturated (SAT 20th AUG)

There were no reports of any properties or businesses flooding but the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team put these images on their social media feeds last night to say they were glad flood defences were to be installed in the area behind their base later this week.

Lots of water in Glenridding following heavy rain on Saturday (20th) Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
"This is the road to the steamer. The beck has broken its banks and is flowing across Jenkin's field again..." Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team


Woman and dog mauled by cattle

Female walker and dog mauled by cattle Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Patterdale Mountain rescue were alerted of a 50 year old woman and her dog who had been mauled by cattle in the village of Hartsop.

Whilst the woman was treated for her injuries by the Air Ambulance crew, Patterdale Mountain Rescue began to search for the woman's dog that had been seen to run off injured.

The lady suffered hand and facial injuries and was taken to Preston hospital.

'Bruce' the dog was found at the holiday lodge where he had arrived with his owners the night before. Bruce was treated for minor injuries by the team vet.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to advise walkers that cattle, especially those with calves can pose a danger.

More advice can be found in the Countryside Code


Teenagers rescued after being chased by sheep

It's believed the men were chased by herdwick sheep. Credit: PA

Two teenagers had to be brought to safety by mountain rescuers after apparently being chased by sheep in the Lake District.

The pair had set off for a walk from a Youth Hostel near Glenridding but got lost on the hills.

They reported being chased by wild animals but the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team believe it was a flock of Herdwick Sheep.

The two men were helped back to the hostel at Greenside Mines, and were unhurt.

It was a bit of bit of a baaaarmy night so the two men weren't in any danger of suffering from hypothermia - although they were clearly shaken and very grateful for the Team's assistance.

Whilst driving up the track from Glenridding to the Youth Hostel about 2300 we spotted a light from a mobile phone about thirty metres below us. It didn't take long for two team members to descend down and help the men back to the Landrover. We were obviously quite concerned when the fellas said they had been chased by wild animals, especially given all the recent reports of wild cats in Cumbria.

Once we arrived it quickly became apparent that men had been chased by a couple of Herdwicks. Clearly this isn't a common occurrence in the Lakes, and in fact, I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before.

The two men, from Bracknell in the South of England, probably didn't realise that there weren't street lights everywhere. It's wise, even if only walking a few hundred meters, to take a torch in the dark."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader - Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Three callouts in three days for Mountain Rescue Team

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team has been called to three incidents in three days, in a busy start to April.

On Thursday 9 April they were called to assist a teenager who had gone over his handlebars while mountain biking on a track near Auterstone Wood, above Ullswater.

The previous day they had rescued a scrambler from a ledge at Greenhow Edge, in Deepdale.

And on Tuesday 7 April, the team were called to help the police search for an 87-year-old man who was missing in the Watermillock area.

Previously, the Chairman of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams had warned people to take care over the Easter period.

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