Coniston Area 29th September 2016 23:50hrs 46/2016


The Weather was mild, with frequent heavy showers giving way to clear periods.

The Team was contacted by Cumbria Police at 23:50 on Thursday 29th September following a call received regarding a walker who had not checked in with is wife as agreed.

The Gentleman was solo walking the Cumbria Way and had told his wife he was leaving Coniston earlier that morning, heading for a campsite in Keswick. However he had not then re-contacted her to confirm he was safe and by the late evening she was becoming increasingly concerned for his safety.

Enquiries were made regarding possible course of events, and contact was made with the other Team’s through which the walker would normally have travelled to get to Keswick.

Coniston Team organised a search of the paths on the Cumbria Way leading towards Langdale and our neighbouring Team – Langdale-Ambleside MRT agreed to check the campsite in Langdale, along with the Cumbria Way through their area. This wasn’t ever going to be simple as there was no clear description of the tent in use.

Nothing conclusive was found by either Team, and we all returned to base and went to bed, around 03:00 awaiting further developments the following morning.

Just before 10:00 on 1st October we received word that the gentleman had now been in contact and he was safe & well having spent the night at a campsite in Langdale with no mobile phone coverage.

Eleven Team members attended the incident