Mountain rescuers were called out to search for a walker who had gone missing on England’s tallest mountain.

Four walkers found themselves lost on England’s tallest mountain, and while three safely arrived at a nearby inn, one was still to be found as mountain rescuers urgently searched for him.

10 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (WMRT) were called out at 4.31pm on June 2 to Scafell Pike by Cumbria police about a party of four who were lost.

The WMRT team leader was unable to talk directly with the party, with it seeming that the four walkers were moving on a path out of Upper Eskdale, a WMRT spokesperson said.

They added: “A decision was made to task some team members to walk on the main routes into Upper Eskdale and meet the party with warm clothing and food.”

But later, they said different news arrived.

While the three were safely at the Wasdale Head Inn, having separated from the remaining walker, WMRT didn’t make a find as expected, and continued to search ‘with an increased sense of urgency’, the spokesperson said.

They added: “Sometime later, a Phonefind text finally connected and surprisingly located the missing walker above Hollow Stones in Wasdale.

“He had managed to find the path and was able to walk off to Brackenclose.

“Another team vehicle was dispatched there to confirm the walker was safe and well.

“All team members from both valleys then returned to the base to dry off the kit and restock the vehicles.

“It appears that the walker managed to self-correct his initial navigational error but with no direct communication or true understanding of his location he was unable to communicate relevant information to the team leader.”

The callout lasted five hours and 43 minutes, ending at 10.13pm.