A LONE walker was forced to spend a night on England's highest mountain after running out of daylight.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team received a call at 7.34pm on Sunday evening from Cumbria Police about a woman on Scafell Pike who was worried about getting down to Seathwaite safely in the dark.

She had no torch, was inexperienced on the high fells, and had low battery life on her mobile phone.

She had set off in the afternoon at 2.30pm.

As she was not lost and on a path with walkers still on the fell, she was advised to take the shorter route down to Wasdale with others from other groups.

However, contact was lost and she did not confirm she was safely back in a valley overnight, so a search was initiated by both Keswick MRT and Wasdale in the morning and search dogs were also called out.

Shortly after the callout it was confirmed that she had made it safely down, after spending the night somewhere around Middleboot Knotts.

Wasdale MRT posted: "It's a good reminder that although the nights are short at this time of the year, adequate equipment is still needed if there are delays or things go wrong.

"Also that a walk up Scafell Pike can take many hours depending on starting point and route, conditions, experience, and fitness, so give yourself plenty of time.

"We wish the walker well after her adventure.

"Please share freely to raise awareness, but please refrain from criticism, as this could indirectly prevent others from asking for help from us in the future."