A WALKER was rescued from one of the Lake District's most notorious scrambles during 60mph winds.

The 40-year-old was climbing Helvellyn's Striding Edge alone during extreme conditions.

Five members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team set out to locate him at about 12pm on Sunday after he'd become lost and disorientated as the weather set in.

Attempts to speak to the man on his phone were hindered by the very strong wind making communication impossible and attempts to locate him by tracing the location of his mobile phone also proved unsuccessful as his phone wasn’t set up to share location data.

The team, who used axes and crampons to reach the walker during the four-hour rescue, said: "Conditions from half way up were extreme. The local weather forecast was spot on, with 50-60mph winds and blowing snow making visibility very poor and with the very real risk of being blown over.

"He was located sheltering behind the memorial at the top of Striding Edge. Fortunately he was suitably dressed and no worse for wear."