Mountain walkers rescued in treacherous conditions in Derbyshire

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team called out in probably the worst conditions of the winter so far.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team called out in probably the worst conditions of the winter so far.
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A group of campers provided a safe haven for some walkers who were awaiting rescue in terrible winter conditions.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team had been called out in what were probably the worst conditions they had encountered this winter.

A group of five adults had been walking on Kinder Scout, Edale, since lunchtime on Saturday when one of the party started to get severe cramp.

A spokesman said: “Their intended route off the moor was to descend Crowden Brook but the ice made it look too risky so they headed back towards Grindsbrook instead.

“As they approached the head of Grindsbrook the pain from the cramp got worst and the man was unable to continue.”

With less than an hour of daylight left, they called for the rescue team. Some 20 members of the team responded but three were forced to turn back because of the wintry conditions.

A grid reference had placed the group seeking help on the old Pennine Way route, north of Grindslow Knoll.

The rescue party quickly ascended Grindslow Knoll in driving snow, harsh winds and -10C temperatures.

The spokesman said: “Mobile phone contact had been lost with the party and it was assumed they had dropped down below the edge for shelter.

“At the same time, three of the party arrived safely in Edale, leaving the remaining two in the care of a group camping in Grindsbrook.

“The lead rescue party soon discovered the tent and was able to make an assessment of the casualty.

“After having been warmed up in the tent for an hour with hot drinks the casualty was able to slowly walk with the rescuers back to Edale shadowed by a team stretcher party.

“This group was extremely fortunate to locate the wild campers and wish to pass on their sincere thanks to their anonymous helpers.”