Having just finished a training evening, the team was soon re-united to go to the aid of two male cyclists in Grizedale Forest.
A father and son had got lost amongst the many forestry tracks as the darkness descended. It was raining but the good news was that they had found some portable toilets in which to shelter. The bad news was that they didn’t obviously know where they were and none of the 13 team members who turned out knew of these portaloos. It was too late to contact the Forestry Commission.
So two landrovers split up and searched different areas of the forest. The cyclists were found near High Cross, cold but safe. They were encouraged to get back on their bikes and follow us out of the forest. One of the landrovers accompanied the men back to their campsite in Hawkshead to ensure their safety. The call out took nearly 1 3/4 hrs.
One of the advantages of being in the forest at that time of the night was being able to catch glimpses of the wildlife. We saw a young deer, a stag and a badger. Beautiful.