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Mountain rescue saves party of walkers

Posted 20 December 2011
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Mountain rescue saves party of walkers
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A party of six walkers in the North York Moors has been helped out after getting lost while attempting a popular local route.

The group became disorientated while trying to complete the 40-mile Lyke Wake Walk across the national park in freezing conditions, with two women in the group aged in their 40s becoming ill.

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team answered the call for help and were assisted by the police and the RAF, with the sick pair later being discharged from hospital.

As well as warm clothing such as thermal gloves and winter jackets, Ordnance Survey maps are also important for walkers, particularly in winter when poor light and limited visibility may make navigation harder.

Such a situation may be tougher still if there is snow on the hills, both in altering the appearance of the landscape and slowing the progress of walkers.

This week sees the shortest daylight of the year, with the winter solstice falling on December 22nd.