Walkers sound the alert after mistiming trip

TWO hill walkers had to call out rescuers after getting into difficulties in the Cheviots last week.

The pair, from Cambois and Morpeth, were caught out as darkness fell before they could make it back to their car after a ten-hour trek last Tuesday.

They alerted the police, and they in turn summoned the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team for assistance.

Rescue team members Andrew Miller and Iain Nixon raced to Low Bleakhope Farm, near Wooler, ready to start their ascent of Coldlaw Cairn but were offered a lift by farmer Stuart Nelson in his all-terrain vehicle, saving them time and trouble.

Rescue team leader Mark Silmon said: “The walkers were both experienced, prepared and well equipped. It was just bad luck that they ran out of time.

“They did absolutely the right thing in calling for help.”