AN extensive search for three missing walkers on Scafell Pike was called off after police found them on their way back home to Lincolnshire.
The trio had called 999 from the mountain on Sunday, reporting sleet and strong winds.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out at 3.30pm but cound not find or re-contact them.
At 8.20pm they called in help from Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and car parks in Borrowdale, Eskdale and Langdale were all checked for their vehicle.
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A Langdale team spokesperson said: “During this time they were located by police heading back to Lincolnshire, seemingly not thinking it important to respond to the voicemail or text message attempts to contact them, or notify the police that they were safe.”