Safety on the Fells

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The weather in the Lake District can change rapidly. Whether you are climbing a mountain or tackling one of the lower fells it is essential that you check the forecast before you set off and keep an eye on the weather whilst you are out. Wear good quality hiking boots and several thin layers of clothing. Always tell someone where you are going. Plan your route before you set off giving yourself plenty of time to get back before dark. Be aware that you cannot always get a mobile phone signal whilst out on the hills.

The Mountain Rescue Organisation give safety advice on their website; taking note of their points can save lives.

Don't forget to take with you:

  • Sufficient food and drink
  • Waterproofs
  • A map and compass
  • A small first aid kit
  • Spare warm clothing, hat and gloves

Follow the Country Code

  • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work
  • Guard against all risk of fire
  • Fasten all gates
  • Keep your dog under close control
  • Keep to public paths across farmland
  • Use gates and stiles
  • To cross fences, hedges and walls
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone
  • Take your litter home
  • Help to keep all water clean
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees
  • Take special care on country roads
  • Make no unnecessary noise

In case of emergency only call 999 and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue

The Mountain Rescue teams in the Lake District, staffed by unpaid volunteers, attend many call-outs each year. As registered charities they rely on voluntary contributions to continue their good work. Visit the websites of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team and the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team to see how you can help.