Inquest hears how walker fell to his death from a notorious Lake District mountain ridge

Sharp Edge on Blencathra

Sharp Edge on Blencathra

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A WALKER fell to his death from a notorious Lake District ridge after promising his wife he would not atttempt it.

Neil Entwistle, 64, of Bromley, Kent, slipped from Sharp Edge on Blencathra and landed 200ft below, while on a walking holiday in the area on March 28, this year.

An inquest into his death heard he had promised his wife he would not attempt to walk along the ridge, after she raised concerns about whether he would be able to manage it.

“He was on a route he told his wife he wouldn’t do, but he did and fell,” said coroner, Ian Smith.
“It’s as simple as one foot in the wrong place.

“It doesn’t take a great deal to come a cropper on a sharp ridge like that.”


Mr Entwistle was reported missing on March 28 and at around 8pm Keswick Mountain Rescue Team members turned out to search for his body.

However, conditions were ‘dark and misty’, according to team member, Donald Ferguson.
Mr Entwistle’s body was located the following morning.

A post-mortem examination found he had died from head injuries, although he had suffered other injuries including fractures to his ribs, elbow and skull.

Mr Ferguson told the hearing the rock Mr Entwistle was walking on would have been ‘extremely greasy and almost slick’ with ice.

Mr Smith recorded a verdict of accidental death, saying: “He fell a long way, suffering grievous injuries in the fall.”

He also praised the mountain rescue team for its efforts in locating Mr Entwistle’s body.

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