Our Top 7 Sledging Spots Across Britain

 

As quickly as it seemed to jump upon us, Christmas has gone again. With all the decorations packed away and back in our attics we’ve already begun dreaming of long summer days and traipsing the internet for the best sunshine deals.Make the most of the snow & Visit the Uk's best sledging spots

However, winter isn’t finished with us yet, and as you’ve probably heard, like is said every year, we are in for a very cold, stormy January. Apparently we’re set for months of a big chill as a bizarre set of circumstances will lead to weather forces resulting in plummeting temperatures and erratic weather patterns.

So rather than sulk indoors as you impatiently wait out the winter months, we suggest you take advantage of this impending winter freeze and head out for a spot of sledging – even if the snow doesn’t show up, it’s still fun to roll down hills isn’t it?

 

Whilst we appreciate that your fingers are freezing and its only been a couple of minutes but you already can’t feel your face, whizzing down a hill on a sledge without a care in the world is a great feeling. Besides what better way is there to relive your childhood, or create memories for your own kids.

Brecon Beacons

Head to South Wales and discover the delights of this beautiful national park where, at 1,300km², you can choose from hundreds of slopes to fly down. There are plenty of gentle slopes ideal for the kids, or those who are a little faint hearted. Instead, if you’re after the feeling of a racing heart, the Storey Arms is a firm favourite amongst adrenaline seekers.

Head to the Brecon Beacons for sledging

Getting there: The Brecon Beacons although seemingly remote is within very easy reach of the M4, M50 and A40. There are also a number of bus, coach and train connections from across the country available taking you right into the heart of the national park.

 London

For a spot of urban sledging head to Primrose Hill situated on the northern side of Regent’s Park in London. This area is a firm favourite amongst many across the city where you’ll find fantastic views of an icy Capital from 256ft.

London's Primrose Hill is a frim favourite for sledging

Getting there: Primrose Hill is within walking distance of a number of underground stations including Camden Town, Roundhouse, and Acacia Road.

Cheshire

This isn’t the first time we’ve told you to head to Lyme Park, it’s a great spot for Autumn walks, and probably not the last; but this time we’re instructing you go back for winter sledging. Fly down the hills of Lyme Park and soak in the beautiful backdrop on the edge of the peak district where you can choose from 1,400 acres of parks to try out your new sledge.

Scenic views & top sledging hills at lyme park

Getting there: South East of Manchester you’ll find Lyme Park and its beautiful surroundings. By car it accessible only via the A6 with available parking just 200m from the main entrance. There are also great bus links from the surrounding towns of Stockport and Buxton or alternatively Disley train station is just ½ mile from the main house.

Cumbria

In the winter months Cumbria is a fantastic location to try your hand at sledging with any number of hills lending themselves as perfect choices for the activity. However, head to the aptly named Cold Fell which is one of the regions sledging hot spots due to a long slope without any hazardous obstructions such as hedges and stone walls. Although not the steepest in our list, you’ll still pick up a decent speed and easily climb back up for another go.

Snow sledging in Cumbria

Getting there: Situated at the Northern end of the Pennine Trail, Cold Fell is accessible via the A689 off the Belted Will. Head southeast on Crossgates Road via Park Terrace before reaching the road-end car park

Gloucestershire

If you’re just as concerned with the view at the top of the slope as you are with how fast you’ll reach the bottom, we suggest you make your way to Broadway Tower in Gloucestershire. Known as the Cotswolds Highest Tower, built back in the 19th century, the surrounding land offers an ideal location for all your sledging needs. The dramatic outlook concludes as you slide towards Broadway, one of the Cotswold’s most picturesque villages.

Beautiful sledging views from Broadway Tower

Getting there: Located off the A44 route between Evesham and Morton-on-Marsh, Broadway Tower is 1 mile south-east of Broadway

Kent

Tunbridge Wells is home to the 78 acre Dunorlan Park, ideal for any winter sledging. Situated within the park is a 200m slope perfect for any amount of snow – or sludge - running from a mock-Grecian temple to the water fountain.

Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

Getting there: From Tunbridge Wells you will need to get onto the A264 and head east towards the A21. The entrance to the parks is opposite Sandrock Road – there are large stone gates so you won’t miss it – where free parking is available.

Leicestershire

Another one for the not so faint hearted is the Beacon Hill situated in Loughborough. Although we haven’t tried this one ourselves – no we’re not too scared – we hear that the 250m summit offers fantastic views of the city below. Beware that in places the surface is rather rocky but that just adds to the fun as you twist and turn to avoid any hazards. We’ve also heard that the scariest section, apart from actually pushing yourself off from the top, is the steep drop near the bottom. So go on, have a go – we dare you.

Adrenaline filled sledging at Beacon Hill, Leicestershire

 
 

Getting there: Situated in Charnwood Forest in north-west Leicestershire only 5 miles from Loughborough. You’ll find a pay and display car park accessible from Breakback road directly at the bottom of the hill, or alternatively there’s car park at the top of the hill. There are also bus services available between Leicester and Loughborough, namely services 154 and 123 operated by Centrebus.

Wherever you head this winter, whether one of our top spots, your local park or just as likely an indoor ski slope don’t forget your sledges.

 

 

Posted by Paul Randall
14th January 2015