MOUNTAIN Rescue teams had to come to the aid of three fell walkers who got lost on Helvellyn.

A team of three men were descending from Helvellyn when they found themselves away from the path and on steep ground with daylight fading.

The trio called for help on Monday at about 3.30pm after becoming unsure of finding a safe way off the mountain.

A spokesman from Keswick Mountain Rescue said: "Using phone finder the three men were located on Willie Wife Moor below Dollywagon Pike.

"They were given directions for the safest route down towards the road whilst a small team was sent to assist them in case they had difficulties.

"The team members found the three as they were descending towards the road at Dunmail Raise.

"Another team vehicle was sent out to take the three very grateful men back to their car at Swirls.

"A reminder to all that daylight hours are limited at this time of year and if you venture onto the fells you should be suitably equipped with at least a torch, a map and compass – and the knowledge to use them."

A total of 10 team members were involved in the rescue, which took about an hour and 15 minutes.