Those heading for the hills may wish to ensure they have good boots with strong grips as well as winter coats
, following an incident in the Lake District.
Kendal Mountain Rescue Team reported that underfoot conditions are very slippery at present after carrying out a rescue of a 73-year-old woman yesterday, who slid on frozen ground below Craggy Wood near Staveley.
She was stretchered down to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.
Such a situation could act as a reminder of the need to go fully prepared for icy hillsides - which for those heading up onto higher mountains could include using crampons
It is the second time this week a Mountain Rescue team has had to help a senior female walker who had slipped and injured herself, after Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team had to stretcher a broken leg victim down from below Cautley Spout in the Yorkshire Dales.