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Brit plummeted 100ft to her death after taking ‘wrong turn’ on mountain walk

A British woman plummeted 100ft to her death after taking the wrong walking route in the Italian Dolomites.

She has been named as Louise Atkinson, 55, a teacher from Ripon in North Yorkshire.

She was holidaying with her partner John Dickinson, 58, when the tragedy happened on Sunday (July 24).

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The pair had taken a cable cart and ended up on a high-altitude, difficult route that requires carabiners to scale a series of ladders, cables and walkways leading up to Catinaccio mountain's 2,700m summit.

They hadn't planned to tackle such a tricky route and didn't have the correct equipment to do so.

Speaking to the MailOnline, a mountain rescue spokesman said: "They did not have the correct equipment so when they realised it was harder, they turned back.

"On the way down and just before re-joining the correct route the British lady slipped and fell around 35 metres (114ft).

"She suffered fatal injuries and was already deceased by the time the helicopter arrived at the scene."

He added that Atkinson's children went to Italy to identify the body. She is set to be repatriated to the UK when Italian authorities give the all clear.

Atkinson has been described as a keen runner and was well-known around Ripon.

She and Dickinson – who runs a car valeting firm – arrived in Italy last week and were staying in a £150-a-night hotel at nearby Castelrotto.

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Via Santner, the route they accidentally ended up on, takes around five hours to complete and is labelled "challenging" by guide books.

It was built in the First World War by Austro-Hungarian soldiers and their Italian enemies who used cables and ropes to get weapons and ammunition into high altitude positions.

Neighbours in Yorkshire have described Atkinson's death as a "dreadful shock" and expressed concern for her pupils.

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