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Public is urged not to wander out onto strath's frozen lochs


By Gavin Musgrove

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Loch Morlich is frozen over but people are being warned not to walk out onto the ice.
Loch Morlich is frozen over but people are being warned not to walk out onto the ice.

The public is being warned not to wander out on frozen lochs for their own safety.

Several people were spotted a long way out from the shores of Loch Morlich - one of the strath's most popular visitor spots - on Tuesday despite there having being a mini thaw.

That was in just a half-hour period.

One man was running around nearly 100 metres out on the loch with his two dogs in tow.

A spokesman for landowners Forestry and Land Scotland said: “We would strongly advise against anyone venturing out on to ice covered pools or lochs.

“This is extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening - if the ice should give way, there will be no-one on hand to help pull you out.”

Visitors have been seen walking out onto the loch well away from the shore.
Visitors have been seen walking out onto the loch well away from the shore.

Following heavy snow fall and the freezing conditions, FLS is also urging people to take extra care if they visit a local woodland for some wintry 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.

“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 signage 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.


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