A WOMAN who slipped and fell over on an icy track after going for a walk near Turton Golf Club was rescued yesterday morning.

The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team were sent to a track near Torra Manor at around 11.15am after a 59-year-old woman had fallen on the ground in an area that was hard for the ambulance service to reach.

Deputy leader of the mountain rescue team, Chris Greenhalgh, said that after the team found her the casualty suffered a leg injury and was carried on a stretcher to Turton Tower, where an ambulance was waiting.

An ambulance service spokesman said a woman was taken to hospital.

Passer-by Geof Leigh, who saw the mountain rescue team members in action at the scene, praised the work that the organisation does to help residents in dangerous situations.

A Bolton Mountain Rescue Team spokesman said: "The team were contacted today (Monday) by North West Ambulance Service at 11:13 to assist with an injured casualty in the Turton area.

"The team responded with two team vehicles and 15 team members.

"The 59 year old lady had slipped on ice while out walking and suffered a very painful leg injury.

"The team administered pain relief and as the location was inaccessible by ambulance, due to the snow and ice, she was extracated on a stretcher 800m to the road head and the waiting ambulance.

"We wish her a speedy recovery."