Our waterways are beautiful places to visit in all seasons, and winter with its snowy landscapes and frosty mornings can really be a great reason to head down to the canals and take a walk. However, as the nights draw in a little more each day, and the temperature drops there are some important potential hazards that you should be aware of.
Take a look at this image, what kind of potential dangers do you see? Roll your mouse over the red circles to see some interesting facts and advice about our canals over winter months.
To be extra careful around water over the winter months there are lots of things you can do to be better prepared for wintry conditions.
Before you leave the house you should plan your route - have an idea of where you want to go and how long you want to be out for. Take a friend - it is safer to walk with others. Tell someone where you are going - in case you are out for much longer than you say, you can be located more easily. Check the weather - look at the forecast and see what's coming your way.
It's also a really good idea to wear the right clothing - waterproofs, sturdy footwear, warm layers can all help your body cope with the wintry conditions. Importantly try to remember to take your phone (or even a whistle) - if you come across any trouble or see somebody else in trouble you can call or whistle for help.
Last date edited: 1 August 2016