Walkers heading for the hills should always take Ordnance Survey maps
, even if it is on a route they have done many times, a Mountain Rescue team has said.
The warning was issued by Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team, after a Cumbrian couple became lost in bad weather on Cross Fell - the highest mountain in England outside the Lake District at 2,930 ft.
Luckily, they were able to find shelter overnight in a ruined building on the side of the fell from where they were rescued, but Teesdale and Weardale team leader Chris Roberts observed: "The couple had done this walk many times and were well equipped but for some reason this time did not take a map and compass with them."
Taking a map is essential, along with wearing the right clothing for winter conditions, he stated.
The incident has parallels with the case of a walker in Scotland who recently climbed Ben Ledi without a map, compass or the right clothing and got stuck in a whiteout.
Chief Inspector Kevin Findlater of Central Scotland Police said this was "inexcusable" and put the lives of himself and his rescuers at risk unnecessarily.