In pictures: Winter wonderland as big freeze decorates UK with ice and snow

Vast swathes of the country fell below freezing on Tuesday night - with minus 13C (8.6F) recorded in Shropshire - which left many landscapes coated in snow and ice.

Clear skies saw temperatures plummet below the minus 12.4C (9.6F) low recorded on Saturday night - with the Met Office recording a new low in Shawbury, north east of Shrewsbury.

Three-year-old Reuben looks at a wall of icicles formed in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Three-year-old Reuben looks at a wall of icicles formed in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Icy conditions at Killhope mine in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The icy conditions at Killhope Mine in County Durham turned it into a magical icy playground (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Shawbury in Shropshire, where temperatures fell to -13C (Peter Byrne/PA)
Shawbury in Shropshire, where temperatures fell to -13C (Peter Byrne/PA)

Ice forming in the fountains in Trafalgar Square, London (Victoria Jones/PA)
Ice forming in the fountains in Trafalgar Square, London (Victoria Jones/PA)

A familiar sight for many commuters this morning (Danny Lawson/PA)
A familiar sight for many commuters this morning (Danny Lawson/PA)

One of the advantages of the coldest night in Shawbury was it preserved this snowman (Peter Byrne/PA)
One of the advantages of the coldest night in Shawbury was it preserved this snowman (Peter Byrne/PA)

Snow continues to lay on the grounds of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire (Steve Parsons/PA)
Snow continues to lay on the grounds of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire (Steve Parsons/PA)

The stately home also had thick ice visible in its pond  (Steve Parsons/PA)
The stately home also had thick ice visible in its pond (Steve Parsons/PA)

It was a frost walk for this dog in Worcester ( David Davies/PA)
It was a frost walk for this dog in Worcester ( David Davies/PA)

Gulls on the Severn in Worcester were keen for food (David Davies/PA)
Gulls on the Severn in Worcester were keen for food (David Davies/PA)

Swans were surrounded by ice in the Diglis Canal Basin in Worcester (David Davies/PA)
Swans were surrounded by ice in the Diglis Canal Basin in Worcester (David Davies/PA)

A photographer takes a picture near Mam Tor in Derbyshire's Peak District (Peter Byrne/PA)
A photographer takes a picture near Mam Tor in Derbyshire's Peak District (Peter Byrne/PA)

Horses stand in a frosty field near Dogmersfield in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Horses stand in a frosty field near Dogmersfield in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)

And it was a chilly gallop out at Newmarket ( Joe Giddens/PA)
And it was a chilly gallop out at Newmarket (Joe Giddens/PA)

The sun rises over the River Thames at Benson Lock in Oxfordshire  (Steve Parsons/PA)
The sun rises over the River Thames at Benson Lock in Oxfordshire (Steve Parsons/PA)

The sun rises over frost on fields at Chew Valley, Somerset (Ben Birchall/PA)
The sun rises over frost on fields at Chew Valley, Somerset (Ben Birchall/PA)

A golden hue heralds a new day over Mam Tor in the Peak District (Peter Byrne/PA)
A golden hue heralds a new day over Mam Tor in the Peak District (Peter Byrne/PA)

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