Towpath safety advice

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The Canal and River Trust is urging people to take extra care on towpaths along canals as temperatures plummet.

With sub-zero temperatures and wintry showers expected across South Yorkshire over the weekend, the charity that cares for the nation’s canals and rivers is urging people to be alert to the dangers of icy towpaths.

It is also reminding people never to step on to frozen waterways.

Simon Salem, trust director, said: “Canals and rivers remain popular throughout the winter months when they provide a frosty escape for walkers, cyclists, anglers and joggers. It can be easy for people to become complacent and forget the potential dangers that icy towpaths and waterways can present.

“With the recent weather there is still some standing water around and it’s important that people enjoying the waterways take extra care in freezing conditions by wearing appropriate footwear and staying away from the edge.”