A HIKER was rescued after injuring himself while descending from a Lake District fell on Sunday.

He had walked over Walla Crag, to the east of Derwentwater, and was coming down when he got into difficulty.

A spokesman for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) said: "A man slipped on gravel on the descent path down Cat Ghyll.

"The man had a painful leg and could not bear weight so called for mountain rescue assistance."

KMRT members attended the incident at about 2.30pm.

The KMRT spokesman said: "After assessment by a team paramedic the man’s leg was splinted and he was then stretchered down to the car park in Great Wood from where his wife was able to take him to hospital for further assessment."

The rescue involved 19 team members and took a total of 1 hour and 50 minutes.