Concerns that people are ignoring Covid-19 restrictions to visit the Yorkshire Dales were highlighted this weekend when two walkers had to be rescued from the summit of Ingleborough.
Volunteers from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) based in Clapham were called out by North Yorkshire Police at 4.30 pm on Sunday, after a couple of walkers had lost their way on the summit due to low lying fog, ice and snow.
The CRO noted that the couple, who had driven up from Rochdale, had set off at 1 pm, wearing lightweight jackets and smooth-soled footwear as well as using Google Maps for navigation.
Superintendent Mike Walker said: “This couple were incredibly fortunate to have come through this experience without injury and be able to tell the tale. We very clearly advised members of the public this weekend to stay at home and when taking exercise, stay local to stop the spread of Covid.
"Quite simply driving miles and miles, out of your village, town or city to visit an open space is not a necessary journey and is not acceptable. Neither is arriving at a challenging walking location, inexperienced and unprepared in treacherous weather conditions.
"By making an irresponsible and ill-informed decision, the safety of others such as the Cave Rescue Organisation volunteers is also put in jeopardy and if any injury resulted, pressure upon already stretched NHS resources."
On the same day another walker was rescued from the hillside below Blua Crags, above Settle, after she slipped on steep, frozen ground, sustaining a suspected ankle fracture.