TOWPATH users in East Lancashire are being urged to take extra care in icy weather.

The Canal and River Trust charity warns that paths and lock-sides can become slippery, and snow conceals mooring rings and ropes which can be easy to trip over.

Safety adviser Steve Astles said: “Canals and rivers in Lancashire remain popular in winter when they provide a frosty escape for walkers, cyclists, anglers and joggers.

“However, it can be easy for people to become complacent and forget the potential dangers.

“Whilst frozen canals look beautiful, no-one should ever attempt to walk on or test the thickness of the ice.

“Families should make sure that young children are kept within sight and made aware of the importance of staying away from the edge.

“Dog walkers are advised to keep dogs on leads and never follow their animal on to the ice.

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