If you are thinking of taking to the woods for a weekend walk, take care and look out for dangers is the message from Forestry Commission Scotland.
As weather conditions in the north east continue to take their toll, Forest enterprise Scotland is urging members of the public to use common sense if visiting the national forests estate for a woodland walk.
Recreation Forester, Dan Cadle, said
Despite the horrendous weather, much of the national forest estate is still open to visitors but we would urge people to be aware that conditions are poor in some places.
Large areas of the national forest estate in the north east are closed and we would urge people to think carefully before venturing out. If people do go ahead with a forest visit they should keep their eyes open, avoid potentially hazardous situation and make sure that they stay safe.”
As well as some localised flooding we’ve experienced washouts, where water flow has scoured some path surfaces and made them uneven and potentially hazardous.
There have been numerous cases of windblow blocking some trails. There may also be some windblown trees hung up on others that are still standing and visitors to woods should steer well clear of these.
Weather and ground conditions across the area are poor and some forest trails have been rendered impassable.
Visitors should be aware that patch surfaces may be loose or uneven and should be prepared to turn back if they encounter flooding, felled trees or other hazards.