Popular river trail closed

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WALKERS visiting a Peak District beauty spot have been banned from crossing a set of famous stepping stones after heavy floods moved two of them.

Visitors are unable to walk across the well-known Dovedale stepping stones in the Derbyshire Dales after the recent deluge sparked safety fears.

A National Trust spokesman said: “The unseasonably wet weather has caused the river to rise above the Dovedale stepping stones and debris, such as tree branches, has collected behind them.

“This has dislodged two of the stones and required us to close the stepping stones until the water level drops and the necessary repair work can be undertaken,” added the spokesman.

The crossing – which is made up of more than a dozen slabs – was immortalised by Izaak Walton in his famous 17th century fishing book, The Compleat Angler, and has featured on postcards of the Peak District.

Recent heavy rain has seen flash floods cause chaos for homeowners and businesses across Derbyshire.

But this week forecasters revealed the jet stream – which has been trapping bad conditions across large swathes of the country – is likely to change course soon, ending the UK’s spell of miserable weather.