Steel Rigg, Hadrian’s Wall

31 May 2021

A female walker sustained a lower leg injury whilst walking along the Military Way near Milecastle 39 on Hadrian's Wall. A Northumberland National Park Ranger and Voluntary Ranger went to assist the female before a 999 call to Northumbria Police and a request for Mountain Rescue was made.

Two Mountain Rescue vehicles were swiftly despatched by North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves. Following the arrival of a local Team member, the vehicles and other members were directed into the scene. Two medics assessed the casualty, stabilised the injury and provided pain relief before the female was lifted onto a stretcher for a short carry down to the Team vehicles.

The female was then transported to Steel Rigg car park before being transferred to a North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust crew for the onward journey to hospital.

An unfortunate end to a beautiful walk for the female. We hope she makes a full, swift recovery and returns to Northumberland again soon.

The Teams would like to especially thank the National Park Rangers who cared for the injured female prior to the arrival of the volunteer Mountain Rescue Team members.

The incident involved 14 Team members for 2 hours 5 minutes.