Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
Who are the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and what do they do?
The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, one of the busiest in the country, is made up entirely of trained volunteers. They are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year and are activated by the Police or other statutory emergency services.
Up to 2020, the Team has carried out more than 2500 rescues since it was established in 1964.
The Team's area covers about 140square km of the highest land in England, including Helvellyn, High Street, Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and the wild beauty of Dovedale and Deepdale, as well as quieter valleys and tops of Martindale and Riggindale to the east of Ullswater. It contains some of the great classic ridge walks and climbs of the Lake District and attracts thousands of visitors a year.
The majority of mountain rescues and searches involve hill walkers or climbers but paragliders, mountain bikers and runners figure in their statistics too. The Team attended both the Lockerbie aircraft disaster as well as other major incidents such as the Grayrigg train crash.
The Team also help search for missing children and vulnerable adults, on and off the hills. The Team has a graded Trailing Dog Team. Dave Benson and his dog Brock passed their final assessment in 2019 and follow a long line of qualified search dogs.
The team hold qualifications in swift water rescue and can be called to search riverbanks and wade chest deep through flooded urban streets helping devastated homeowners. On Ullswater they assist swimmers, kayakers and pleasure crafts that get into difficulty and work with H.M. Coastguard.