Crossing a river in spate means more than just getting your feet wet

Crossing a river in spate means more than just getting your feet wet

Mountain experts are warning walkers heading for the hills in Scotland to think ahead if their route involves a river crossing.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland said as autumn approaches, the risk of flooded burns and rivers is likely to increase, and unwary walkers could get stranded if levels rise.

A spokesperson said: “The increased rainfall, especially noticeable after the dry summer, can result in some normal burn and river crossings becoming impassable.

“Even a burn you crossed earlier in the day can have risen to dangerous levels by afternoon, and in remote areas it’s not always possible to know for sure whether a river or burn crossing will be possible until you get there.

Heather Morning: 'cross glens at their watersheds'

Heather Morning: 'cross glens at their watersheds'

“It is much better to plan ahead than be caught out in a remote location, unable to cross back to the safety of your vehicle, tent or bothy.

Heather Morning, the council’s mountain safety adviser, added: “Anyone heading out into the hills this autumn should take the time to check the weather forecasts.

“If heavy or prolonged rain is forecast it would be advisable to choose a route that crosses glens at the watersheds or as high up the glen as possible, where the burns are much smaller.”

The MCofS has also produced a Water Safety for Walkers DVD which can be ordered through its website or by phoning 01738 493943.

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