Travel agents have been braving the snowy conditions to open up, despite some of the lowest winter temperatures for years.

Hundreds of schools across Wales and southern parts of England were closed today due to the snowy conditions, and airports at Bristol, Cardiff and Bournemouth have seen temporary closures.

Miles Morgan Travel, which has branches across the south-west and Wales, closed its shop in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, because of the snow.

But a message on social media said its manager is working at the chain’s Nailsworth shop in Gloucestershire, and the phones have been diverted.

There were no other reports of Miles Morgan Travel shops having to close, said a spokesman.

Triangle Travel tweeted that it would close all its stores at 3pm today “in order for our staff to start making their way home in daylight hours”.

The independent agency has branches in Mortimer, Pangbourne, Wallingford and Newbury, in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Newells Travel, which has branches in Cornwall and Devon, said it had managed to open all its shops as enough staff had been able to reach their workplaces.

Meanwhile, Howard Travel in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, told customers on Facebook: “It may be a snow day but we are still open.”

It posted a picture of a cat looking over a snow drift, pondering whether to book a ski holiday.

Hays Travel, which has agencies across England, from the Isle of Wight to the north-east, did not close any shops, while The Travel Network Group also had no reports of closures.

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