A WIGAN man has been seriously injured after plunging 50ft while out walking on a notorious mountain range.
The 46-year-old, whose identity has not been released, fell while descending Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the Lake District.
It is classed as a Grade One scramble route and from Scales Tarn the summit plateau is 2,848ft.
The alarm was raised at about 2.30pm on Sunday and it took a 24-strong team of volunteers as well as the emergency services including an RAF Sea King helicopter and the Air Ambulance to rescue him.
The man had fallen into a gully on the north side of the ridge – an accident blackspot.
The man was lowered 150ft down the mountain to a site below the cloud base and flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he is recovering from his injuries.