Sheldon, between Buxton and Bakewell

  • Call out for year: 57
  • Date: 13/08/20
  • Time: 12:48 pm
  • Grid ref: SK 15816 71287
  • Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 20
  • Time taken: 2 hours and 21 minutes
  • Total man hours: 47 hours

Incident report

Whilst climbing over a stone stile in the White Peak, a walker took a tumble and landed badly on the ground, sustaining some painful injuries to the upper body.

A 999 call was made to Derbyshire Constabulary and Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was called to give initial medical care and evacuate the casualty. After parking at the road head, team members made their way to the scene on foot to assess the casualty and work out an extraction plan. The team 4×4 vehicles were able to drive close to the site, and the casualty was placed on a mountain rescue stretcher for the short carry to a vehicle.

Whilst this was taking place, we were grateful for the support of the farmer who kept the herd of inquisitive, but friendly cows at a safe distance. Once the casualty was safe inside one of the vehicles, the farmer led the way from the site along a more comfortable route, leaving the remaining team members to walk, followed to the stile by the cattle keen to give their support.

The casualty was then transferred into the care of our colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service and transfer to hospital.

We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and return to the Peak District National Park. Team members then cleaned down the equipment used as per our Covid-19 guidelines and repacked the vehicles for return to base.


  1. Nik Young

    Thank you so much to all involved, it was such a relief to see you!

  2. Stuart Young

    Huge thanks to the Buxton Mountain Rescue team for responding to a call for help when my wife fell from the top of a high stone stile.
    After walking/climbing in the Peak District (and beyond) for over 50 years this is one of those things that you hope you’ll never have to do, but are so glad that there is such professional team of volunteers available when you really need them.
    Thanks also for the reassuring coordination from the Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands Ambulance Service team who went out of their way to transfer my wife to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where the brilliant NHS staff later revealed with a CT scan that my wife had 4 fractured ribs, 3 fractured vertebrae and a fractured shoulder.
    Now recovering at home.
    Thank you

  3. Richard Doran

    Hello Stuart. Glad we could help and we hope the recovery goes well and to plan.

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