Cornices above the Roman road at Stanage. Photo: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

Cornices above the Roman road at Stanage. Photo: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

A rescue team is warning of unusual hazards for walkers in the Peak District.

The freakish wintry weather has created snow cornices in many locations where they might not be expected.

Stanage Edge, a climbers’ favourite, is one area where spectacular cornices have formed and blocks of snow the size of washing machines have fallen on to paths.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team said: “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.

Cornices will quickly collapse if walked on by the unwary. Photo: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

Cornices will quickly collapse if walked on by the unwary. Photo: Edale Mountain Rescue Team

“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 we’ve 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.

“These conditions are very unusual for our area and many visitors may not be familiar with these hazards which are more commonly associated with more mountainous terrain.

“We are keen that people should get out and experience this beautiful area during the Easter holidays, especially while the snow lasts, but we’d ask everyone to take extra care when around the Peak District edges.”

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