A SEARCH was launched after two walkers reported they were lost descending England’s highest mountain.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out by police at 6.30pm on Sunday.

The pair managed to make their own way back down to their car as they evaded 29 mountain rescuers who were scouring routes on Scafell Pike in a five-hour long operation.

A team spokesperson said: “We were unable to contact the pair to gather any further information and so an extensive search was started including routes on to Scafell Pike from both Wasdale and Eskdale.

“The walkers were identified when they returned to their vehicle at Wasdale Head having evaded the searchers who were then recalled.”

The incident closed at 11.30pm.