A group of female walkers - including one aged 80 years old, had to be rescued in the Lake District at the weekend, after struggling in the dark and cold conditions.
The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out to Great Gable at 4pm, after getting reports the group was in the Sprinkling Tarn area.
En route, the team was told by passers-by that the group was very slowly descending Grains Ghyll.
A team spokesperon said: "It proved impossible to contact the group, though the informant had taken a contact number.
"Given the age of the lady, the temperature, and the fact that darkness was approaching fast, the Team set off to Seathwaite with a group to check out the situation.
"This first group were told by passers-by that the group of ladies were descending Grains Ghyll, but very slowly.
"It was decided to mobilise further Team members, just in case the situation necessitated a stretcher carry.
"In the event, the first Team members encountered the group in good spirits about 300 metres above Stockley Bridge.
"They were pleased to see the team, but were able to walk down under their own steam to their car – a splendid effort."