Ripon teacher dies after falling on hike in Italian Dolomites


Jul 28, 2022
Italian Dolomites. Picture: WikiCommons.

A schoolteacher from near Ripon has died after falling 100ft while hiking in the Italian Dolomites.

Louise Atkinson, 55, of North Stainley, reportedly found herself on a difficult route in the Rosengarten massif in northern Italy after taking a wrong turn.

Ms Atkinson, who was with her partner John Dickinson, had found herself at high altitude while hiking on Sunday.

A mountain rescue spokesman told the MailOnline that the couple ‘ended up on a more challenging route’ in the early afternoon after heading out on a hike.

They added that they had ‘turned back’ after realising they did not have the correct equipment to continue.

On the way back down, Ms Atkinson slipped and fell. She was pronounced dead when found by the authorities.

Tributes have been posted on social media to Ms Atkinson, who was a teacher at Roecliffe Church of England School near Boroughbridge and St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in Ripon.

One person posted:

“Heartbreaking news. This is so sad. She taught both our sons at Roecliffe. She was an amazing teacher and a lovely kind lady. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and pupils.”

Another said:

“Such sad news. My son loved her as a teacher and came home every Friday full of stories of what she taught him that day. Condolences to all her family and friends. RIP.”

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