Reading through news articles in Grough
I noticed more stories of groups becoming stranded in the hills as it goes dark, with no form of lighting.
Inevitably, this leads to some 10-20 members of the local Mountain Rescue Team trying to locate them, then lead them safely off the mountain.
It should be no great surprise that at the end of the day - it goes dark. Once this happens, not only can you not see the path ahead or any hazards, you will not be able to see the other people in your group, read a map, or be seen by rescue teams looking for you..!
Even if you fully intend to be safely off the hills before dusk, a whole host of reasons may delay your progress and it's easy to get caught out.
Head torches can be purchased for only a few pounds, are light and compact, and LED torches will give plenty of hours service on one set of batteries.
In my rucksack I always carry a bivvy bag, first aid kit, head torch and spare batteries - and I've used all of them...
Stay safe out there.