LDMR Callouts


Well, that's it - below is the final map - all calls for 2015 have now been reported and mapped.

It's been a fascinating and humbling project (not to mention time consuming!) but the final map gives a fascinating insight into the variety of incidents the Lake District Mountain Rescue Team are called to deal with - and some interesting trends stand out:

  • LOTS of people get lost on Scafell Pike - I mean I know a lot of people go there, but there does appear to be a higher than average cluster of yellow pegs in the area.
  • Slape Crag (Barf) is clearly very easy to get stuck on.
  • If you're going cycling in Thornthwaite Forest take it easy - lots of folks seem to fall off around there.
  • Tread carefully - so many of the callouts are for simple slips and trips that quickly result in broken bones.

Take a look at this superb video to see a tiny fraction of the fab work they do.

My goals when I kicked off this project were:

1.  To show how properly amazing they are, going out in all weathers and at all hours of the day and night to deal with the lost and the injured.
2.  To highlight the main trouble spots so everyone knows when and where to take a little extra care.
3.  To remind everyone visiting the fells to drop a few quid into the LDSAMRA pots whenever you see them or to click here to visit their Just Giving page and make a donation online.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take care on the fells and pretty please, whenever you see a collecting box for Mountain Rescue, wherever you are, throw in whatever you can afford.

You can find some excellent advice for staying safe in the outdoors here.  And if you're interested in the data for callouts for previous years, you can find that here.


Yellow = Lost
Red = Injured
Blue = Exhaustion/ Previous medical condition
Green = Animal
Purple = Stuck
Brown = Supporting Emergency Services
Black = False alarm
White = Winter Storm Specific


  1. This looks like a great idea as long as it doesn't put people off going to the fells/hills because they think it's too dangerous.

    Hopefully people would put things into perspective and use this map as a positive to take care in certain areas but still to get out there.

  2. Thanks Absinthe. I don't want to put people off, but I do think people need to be more aware of the dangers. Even a small injury like a twisted ankle can be debilitating up there.

    I think it's vitally important that people have fun but are mindful of the dangers at the same time. Many thanks for the comment.

  3. I think the map is a good idea. Its maybe not obvious at first if click on the blue pointers that you then get a pop up window describing the reasons why Mountain Rescue had to be called out.

    Now the nights are drawing in and the weather can change so quickly its important that walkers especially on higher and more isolated fells take sensible precautions.

    Have fun but stay safe!

  4. Good idea... we met someone who had to be rescued from the Crinkles in Feb.

  5. Thanks for the input. Good point about telling people to click on the blue pointers. Will fix that!

  6. Hiking is a bit dangerous sport.Your post is informative and can help a lot.I'm glad that you've highlighted the many callouts which happened since May 2012.Thanks for sharing useful post.