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National park authority in lake ice warning

Posted 13 January 2010
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National park authority in lake ice warning
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Walkers should avoid stepping out on iced-over lake surfaces in the Lake District, the national park authority has said.

Many lakes and tarns have frozen over in the recent cold weather but as this starts to thaw out, officials have warned that walking on the surface could be dangerous.

Head of countryside services Mark Eccles said that lakes such as Bassenthwaite Lake, Ullswater and Derwentwater have had people walking, sledging and skating on them in recent days and said police have asked the body to advise on the dangers of this.

He added: "Lakes and tarns, particularly those at higher levels, could appear to have solid ice, even when it's thawing and might not hold a person's weight."

Those who want to go walking around the Lake District may wish to swap skates for men's walking boots or women's walking boots and keep to paths on land.

The Fix the Fells project recently revealed that volunteers assessing the damage caused by the storms and floods in November had found most of the Lake District paths to be intact and good for walking.

Posted by Dan Mirza