Rescue team warns of avalanche danger as snow melts in the Peak District

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Edale Mountain Rescue Team is warning people that the unusual weather in the Peak District has resulted in some potentially hazardous conditions.

The heavy snow and the south easterly winds have resulted in some spectacular “cornices” on exposed edges in the Peak. Stanage Edge is particularly affected. These overhanging snow banks are often suspended over steep rock outcrops. From above they can appear solid but they will quickly collapse if walked on by the unwary.

These cornices also represent a hazard from below. As temperatures rise, the snow becomes more unstable and the cornices will collapse resulting in small avalanches. Some popular routes under the edge are particularly threatened by this and already the rescue team has already seen some significant collapses onto the Roman Road bridleway. Blocks of snow the size of washing machines have landed on the path, fortunately not while anyone was passing.

The team is keen that people should get out and experience this beautiful area during the Easter holidays, especially while the snow lasts, but is asking everyone to take extra care when around the Peak District edges.