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Good walking boots may help avoid accidents

Posted 18 July 2011
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Good walking boots may help avoid accidents
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Two people have been injured in separate accidents on a popular tourist path in the Lake District, which may serve as a reminder to ensure good walking boots are worn in such places.

On Saturday (July 16th), Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team members airlifted a 15-year-old boy who had suffered a back injury on the path up Stickle Ghyll to Stickle Tarn in the Langdale Pikes, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

Later that day a woman was airlifted from the same path after injuring her shoulder when she slipped.

Having good footwear can prevent injuries by making it harder to slip or turn an ankle.

And walking poles may also help people to balance when on the fells.

Stickle Tarn lies below Pavey Ark, a cliff popular with scramblers up routes such as Jack's rake.

Enlarged from its natural state with a dam to provide water for the valley below, it is one of two sheets of water bearing that name in the national park.

The other Stickle Tarn lies in the Dunnerdale Fells in the far south-west of the Lake District.