THE public has been thanked for 'avoiding risky activities' with just 18 callouts for mountain rescue teams since lockdown began 10 weeks ago.

It marks a staggering 83 per cent drop on the same period last year.

The figures were announced by Richard Warren, chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, in an update posted to YouTube on Sunday.

Mr Warren said that, from this week, the region's mountain rescue teams would be undertaking training.

He said numbers taking part would be 'unrestricted' but that social distancing rules would be adhered to and personal protective equipment (PPE) would be worn where distancing was not possible.

He said the majority of team members would be making use of their own cars in their duties rather than rescue team vehicles to avoid having multiple people in the same car.

Mr Warren reminded members of the public to 'prepare for going on the fells' and advised them to visit for more information.