Warning over danger of bogs

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MOUNTAIN Rescue team volunteers have issued a warning to Peak District walkers about the dangers of peat bogs, after an elderly man ended up stuck at the weekend.

The man was walking between Rushup Edge and Brown Knoll when he ended up trapped in a waist-deep bog.

He managed to free himself, but Buxton Mountain Rescue Team said it was the third incident they have been made aware of over the last six weeks.

A 16-year-old girl, on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition, ended up trapped in a bog near Crowden Head, Kinder Scout, on Sunday, September 16, and a week later another girl on a Duke of Edinburgh walk ended up trapped for more than two hours near the Rushup Edge to Brown Knoll path.

A Team spokesman said: “The peat bogs on Kinder Scout and surrounding moorlands are a familiar hazard to regular users.

“However, this year is different. Following extensive rainfall they are particularly wet and waiting for the unwary walker to stray into them. Walkers must be vigilant and keep an eye open for the peat bogs and avoid them if they can.”