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Mountain rescue 'wastes hours' searching for family

Mountain rescue volunteers wasted hours searching for a family who called for help, saying they were stuck at the peak of England's highest mountain - but who then climbed down unaided.

A man called Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team to ask for help, saying he, his wife and his son were trapped on Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

The family were hiking at the Lake District when they got into difficulties
The family were hiking at the Lake District when they got into difficulties Credit: PA

With weather conditions getting worse and the family not answering their phone, the rescue team began to comb the mountainside for the trio to bring them back down to safety.

Eventually, the family answered the phone at around 9.40pm - more than six hours after the first call - and told rescuers they had managed to climb down after all, and "didn't realise" they should notify the emergency services.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police urged walkers to only call for help if it is needed - and cancel it if it becomes no longer necessary.

By not informing us there is a drain on resources and potentially could hinder someone who does need urgent help. All we request is for people to be considerate.

– Cumbria Police spokeswoman

A Lake District mountain up for sale at £1.75 million

A Lake District mountain has been put up for sale as its owner attempts to pay off a hefty tax bill. Blencathra, a 2,850ft (868m) high peak known as Saddleback, has been placed on the market for £1.75 million.

A sale brochure for Blencathra mountain in Lake District Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Lowther, is trying to sell the 2,676 acre plot to help pay off the reported £9 million tax he owes from his father's inheritance.

"My family have owned Blencathra and its Manor for over 400 years, so the sale of this iconic property will be a great loss," he said.

"However, we need to realise capital for Inheritance Tax following the death of my father in 2006 and our aim is to retain the core portions of the Lonsdale Estates intact as far as is possible."

The buyer will obtain grazing rights for 5,471 ewes, 732 hoggs, 200 lambs and also be entitled to use the title Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld.

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Young man killed after falling 200m in Lake District

A man has been killed in a 656ft (200m) fall down a mountain in the Lake District on Friday, a rescue team said.

The 24-year-old was walking with a companion on Helvellyn when the incident happened.

According to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, he fell from Striding Edge into Nethermost Cove.

His walking partner found him unconscious and, because there was no mobile phone signal, he continued his descent into Grisedale where a local farmer gave him a lift to Patterdale so he could raise the alarm.

An RAF Sea King helicopter, the Great North Air Ambulance, search and rescue dogs and mountain rescue teams from Patterdale and Penrith combined to search for the man, but he was found to have suffered fatal injuries.

Hiker captures Lake District in full snow-covered glory

Whilst the snow is an inconvenience for many, for others it is a source of fun and beauty.

Hiker Steve MacDonald explores the hills and crags of the Lake District in all weather. He captured these photographs in recent days:

The cairn above Black Crag in the Lake District
The cairn above Black Crag in the Lake District Credit: Steve MacDonald
The remains of old mine buildings in the Lake District
The remains of old mine buildings in the Lake District Credit: Steve MacDonald
A fell known as the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District
A fell known as the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District Credit: Steve MacDonald

Pregnant Kate wraps up as temperatures plummet

he Duchess of Cambridge braved the snow to visit a Scout camp. Credit: PA Wire

Wrapped up against the biting cold, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a green woollen hat, fleece, green parka-style jacket, dark blue jeans and wellies with a Scout's red, white and blue neckerchief, tied in a friendship knot.

The Duchess of Cambridge cooks around a campfire during a visit to a Scout camp Credit: PA Wire

As snowflakes were blown around the fells above Lake Windermere at the Great Tower activity centre near Newby Bridge, the temperature was estimated to have plummeted to minus five with the wind chill factor.

Kate, five months pregnant, spent about an hour outside with adult scout volunteers and youngsters.

Kate joined fellow adult volunteers as they trained to work with Beaver and Cub Scouts. Credit: PA Wire

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Kate declares her pastry twist 'actually not bad'

The Duchess of Cambridge joined 24 other adults on a training day to learn scouting skills to pass on to children at their own groups.

As part of the day Kate learnt how to make "twisters" or "dampers".

She kneaded dough in a bowl for several minutes before making elongated twists. After washing the dough mix off her hands Kate wrapped a twist of the messy mixture around a twig stripped of bark which was placed over the open fire ready to toast.

The Duchess of Cambridge cooks around a campfire during a visit to a Scout camp. Credit: The Scout Association

The volunteers' efforts had mixed results, with the Duchess laughing and giggling with the others as some of the twisters dropped into the flames.

"I'm not sure if these are going to look particularly edible," Kate laughed.

After several minutes toasting on the fire Kate pulled off a piece of the bread and, rather gingerly, popped it in her mouth. "Oh, its actually not bad," she told the group. "It is quite sugary though."

Kate braves snow to visit Scout camp

The Duchess of Cambridge braved the snow to visit a Scout camp.

The Duchess of Cambridge braved the snow to visit a Scout camp in the Lake District.

Kate, who is a volunteer in the Scout Association, joined fellow adult volunteers as they trained to work with Beaver and Cub Scouts at the Great Tower Scout Camp near Newby Bridge in Cumbria.

Kate joined fellow adult volunteers as they trained to work with Beaver and Cub Scouts.

She will use her training to help look after a group of Cub Scouts from Cumbria and Manchester taking part in a pack holiday event at the 250-acre activity centre close to Windermere.

Kate, who is five months pregnant, will use her training to help look after a group of Cub Scouts.
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10-year-old rescued after 50 metre mountain fall

Members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Credit: Chris Gaskarth

A 10 year old boy is recovering in hospital after falling 50 metres down a snow-covered mountain.

The young boy from Preston was climbing down Swirral Edge ridge on Helvellyn in the Lake District with his father when he slipped on a steep slope.

Members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the scene.

A doctor and paramedic were then taken to the ridge by air ambulance, where they treated the boy.

He is said to be recovering well in the RVI hospital in Newcastle.

The young boy was winched to safety Credit: Chris Gaskarth
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Wanted: new home for a life-size replica of a train

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The train has been used for a production of The Railway Children Credit: Keith Pattison

A new home is being sought for a life-size replica of a locomotive. The train, known 'as 'Gordon' has been used in a production of The Railway Children at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The play ends on Saturday and the Theatre have no place to store the replica.

Measuring 13 feet high, 12 feet long and 8 feet wide, any new owner must have plenty of space.

A spokesperson for the Theatre said: "We have come to love Gordon and it would be a disaster if he found his way into a skip. So we are willing to donate him to anyone who would like him.

His ideal home would be in a museum or at a railway preservation society. But he needs to be under cover - he's made of wood rather than iron."

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