Three Derbyshire mountain rescue teams were called out on Tuesday night after reports a walking group had become lost on Kinder Scout.
The missing group of 5, from a school in Suffolk were taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme when they became disorientated on the plateau.
Heavy rain and low cloud had hampered their progress throughout the day, but it was the onset of darkness which prompted them to request assistance.
The teams from Kinder, Glossop and Buxton searched the west and southern areas of the mountain, deploying personnel and two search and rescue dogs. The weather was appalling with heavy rain and hill fog and rivers flooding.
Initial contact with the group had been very difficult and it wasn’t until later in the search when the groups exact position was established using SARLOC, a smart phone locating device.
One of the search dogs was nearest to their location and soon found the group, huddled in a tent, near to the highest point on Kinder Scout.
They were quickly checked and led down the moor to Edale Cross where a Kinder team vehicle was waiting to transport the group down to Hayfield Village.