Auchope Cairn

27 May 2021

A female walker sustained a lower leg injury and was unable to weight bear whilst descending from Auchope Cairn on the Pennine Way. The group she was with sensibly rang 999 asked for the Police and requested Mountain Rescue.

With the incident being on the Scottish-English border, Mountain Rescue Teams on both sides of the border responded in line with our agreed protocol. Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSARU) headed up to the Auchope refuge hut from the Bowmont valley while our local Team members in our Toyota Hilux from Rothbury approached from the College valley.

Once on scene, members worked together to assess, treat and stabilise the casualty. The female was then carried by stretcher down to the refuge hut and across the border fence to BSARU’s Landrover. While the casualty was transported down to the valley on the Scottish side of the border, our members walked off back to the vehicle in the College valley.

We wish the casualty well for a full and swift recovery and hope she is back out on the hills again soon.

The incident involved 12 Team members from Border Search and Rescue Unit, North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves for 4 hours 15 minutes.