TWO people had to be rescued after becoming "disorientated" in severe weather conditions during a walk up Moel Famau.

The pair had gone for a walk from home yesterday afternoon (January 8) but lost their bearings in an area north west of the hill as conditions deteriorated rapidly due to snow and poor visibility.

At this point they raised the alarm by phoning North Wales Police who alerted North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) team.

One of its members was out on his own walk so made a detour to try and find the pair before being joined by his colleagues.

Once the two people were eventually located they were safely escorted home.

A NEWSAR spokesperson said: "This afternoon (January 8) two local people went for a walk from home. They became disorientated in an area north west of Moel Famau when the weather worsened with falling snow and very limited visibility.

"They did the right thing and called North Wales Police so they could get assistance before the situation became very serious.

"By using some phone tech we were able to identify their location and then provide guidance on how to find a way off the hill.

"We had a local team member out for his own walk and he detoured to intercept them, along with sending two vehicles with team members as well.

"Once found, they were escorted down to the safety of the vehicles and then returned home.

"Moel Famau is of course a relatively simple hill to walk on in summer conditions, but the current weather makes identifying the correct route very difficult and the deep snow can be very tiring."