Shock as wife falls and dies on Lakes walk

Jack's Rake.
Jack's Rake.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Lancaster woman who fell to her death while walking in the Lake District.

Susannah Cox, 37, was with her husband John on Jack’s Rake at Pavey Ark in Great Langdale near Ambleside when she fell.

Emergency services, including the air ambulance and mountain rescue teams, were called at 1.43pm last Wednesday, June 20.

First aid was administered, but Mrs Cox sadly died at the scene.

Mrs Cox lived with her husband at The Piazza, Standen Park.

Neighbour, Dr Steve Dealler, said: “Susannah was friendly and helpful and would always do her absolute best in advising people about anything.

“She lived with her husband across The Piazza from us and they were one of the nicest couples you could know.

“They were quiet and did lots of things together – they were so taken with one another.

“This is desperately sad and we are all shaken.”

Mrs Cox was the daughter of local historian and former head of Lancaster city museums, Dr Andrew White, who lives in Hornby.

She worked as a benefits officer for Lancaster and Preston city councils.

In a joint statement, the councils said: “It was with great sadness that we received news of Susannah Cox’s tragic death last week.

“Susannah was a well liked and valued benefits officer in the revenue and benefits shared service and had worked at Lancaster Town Hall for more than 12 years.

“The news came as a shock to everyone, especially those who worked with Susannah and many of whom are understandably upset.

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Susannah’s husband, John and her family.”

The family is holding a private funeral on Thursday, July 12, followed by a celebration of Mrs Cox’s life at noon at St Margaret’s Church in Hornby.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and have passed the case to coroner for Cumbria south and east district, Ian Smith.

Mr Smith opened and adjourned the inquest on Tuesday.