Housesteads, Hadrian’s Wall

02 October 2021

A walker fell and sustained a leg injury whilst undertaking a supported walk along the length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path. Their location was approximately 1km to the east of Housesteads on an exposed section of the Wall. Given the location, the NEAS Community Paramedic requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance.

North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly deployed response vehicles and members to RV at the Housesteads Museum.

A Team member who happened to be in the area was requested to deploy direct to the incident site arriving at about the same time as the Community Paramedic. Both then worked together to assess, treat and rewarm the casualty before the injured walker was transferred onto a Mountain Rescue stretcher ready for the evacuation. A wheel was fitted to the stretcher to ease the evacuation which in the main was straightforward. An awkward section through a wood and over the Wall near to Housesteads made things slightly more interesting!

At this point the casualty was transferred to the NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team’s Polaris for the short section back to the Housesteads Museum and then down to the main car park.

The injured party was in good spirits and was very grateful for everyone’s efforts, especially as we made back to the RV before the heavens opened!

The incident involved for 16 members for 4 hours.