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Highlanders urged to take extra care in the snow

By Louise Glen

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Walking in the snow can be dangerous .Picture: Gary Anthony
Walking in the snow can be dangerous .Picture: Gary Anthony

Following heavy snow fall and freezing conditions in some parts of the country, Forestry and Land Scotland is urging people to take extra care if they visit a local woodland for some wintery exercise.

FLS car parks and trails are open for local access during the January lockdown but may be icy.

FLS’ Regional visitor services manager, Paul Hibberd, said: “Going for a woodland walk in the snow can be a really refreshing experience and some of our trails and sites are absolutely stunning when blanketed in snow.

“But the snow – and ice – can make things pretty treacherous underfoot.. Heavy snow can also bend and break tree branches so paths may occasionally be obstructed.

“Our staff are as much affected by the current restrictions as everyone else so we might not be able to quickly visit all sites to assess their condition."

He added: "So if you are intending to visit one of our sites that is local to you – enjoy it but please take extra care and pay attention to any safety signs that might be in place.”

FLS does not apply salt or salted gravel to car parks and tracks because of the damage that can be done to the underlying path surface. Visitors are therefore urged to exercise their discretion.

Car parks and trails will remain open unless there are safety reasons for closure. Visit our webpages for local information.

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