Sycamore Gap, Hadrian’s Wall

24 May 2023

A walker sustained a lower leg injury beside Robin Hood’s tree at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall. A very unfortunate end to their first day in the area whilst holidaying with their family.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) requested Mountain Rescue’s assistance. Three 4×4 response vehicles were deployed from the Rothbury, Pegswood and West Denton bases, with other members travelling direct to RVP at Steel Rigg. The NEAS Hazardous Area Response Team was also tasked to respond.

Two local members on arrival at the RVP were deployed immediately to the incident site at Sycamore Gap. They arrived on scene at just before 10.30hrs and proceeded to provide medical care to the walker. As soon as one of our 4×4 response vehicles was on scene, the walker’s injury was immobilised before they were transported back to the road in the response vehicle.

Other volunteer members had been held at the RVP in case assistance for a stretcher carry was required.

By 11.10hrs the injured walker was safely handed over to the NEAS crewed ambulance for onward transport to hospital. The family who were visiting from overseas were very grateful of our efforts.

The incident involved 16 Team members for 3 hours 20 minutes.