Date of Incident

08/12/2019

Country

England

Area

Route

Incident

Our group stopped for a drink and chat in the shelter of a Tor around midday. The wind was blowing 25-30 so the calm was appreciated.

We heard a distant rumble but though nothing of it, forecast was for strong winds and heavey showers, although only a couple of light showers had hit us so far.

The first we knew of the storm was the lightning strike this side of the adjacent hill. Too close for comfort.

Our party made for cover down hill, aiming for the shelter of a depression below a small outcrop. We almost made it, but the wind increased to 40+mph, firing hail like bullets and grounding our movements.

Huddling with our backs to the wind we waited for it to pass over, it cleared up within minutes, leaving as quickly as it had arrived.

Lessons

A distant roll of thunder can move fast, there we no other warning signs that this hazard would present itself. If we had not had the knowkedge of where to seek shelter we probably would have remained sheltering next to the big lightning conductor on the highest hill more miles around. Not ideal...

Activity

Summer walking

When

On top of a Tor

Injury

No injury

Causes

Adverse Weather

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?