WALKERS had to be helped to safety at the weekend getting caught out in strong winds on a rocky climb to the summit of Penyghent.

A team from Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation responding to a call at just before 6pm on Sunday struggled themselves with the windy conditions but located the walkers and got them back to a waiting vehicle.

A CRO spokesperson said: "North Yorkshire Police asked the team to assist two walkers who were stuck on the steep and rocky south shoulder of Penyghent.

"Two other members of their party had gone up to assist them, but the group was unable to move due to high winds and poor visibility. Team members, struggling to stay on their feet in the wind, located the group at the edge of the summit plateau. The casualties, cold despite being well-equipped, were walked over the summit and down the Hull Pot track to a CRO vehicle."

The spokesperson added: "This party was well-equipped, but found themselves in difficulty. Remember, the Yorkshire Three Peaks really are mountains - there can be a massive difference between conditions down in the dale and conditions on the summit."