Polish up the paella pans and wax those dustbin lids – the beauty of sledging is that you can be truly inventive in how you slide. Whether you throw yourself down on a state-of-the-art Davos Rodel sledge or a battered old tin tea-tray, sledging is the best way for families to enjoy some home-grown winter sports. So fill a flask, wrap up warm and embrace our wintry weather with the best of the UK’s sledging hills.
Primrose Hill is a firm north London favourite when the snow falls, with grand views of our icy capital from its peak, and the good, the bad and the celebrity flinging themselves down on everything from designer sledges to bin-bags.
Lofty Brockwell Park is the south London equivalent: with a good wide brow and speedy dip, it’s perfect for sledgers of all ages. The best spot is just in front of the café, where mega hot chocolates quickly warm little mitts.
Stay: Park Plaza County Hall.
The South Downs National Park offers some of the best sledging spots in Sussex – check out Lodge Hill close to Ditchling (near Lewes), then warm up afterwards in The Bull over a roast (and for you, a good glass of red). Or when the snowy country roads are being less kind to drivers, try Stanmer Park on the outskirts of Brighton – easily accessible and blessed with wide sloping hills and stacks of free parking.
Stay: Roomspace Serviced Apartments (Princes House), Brighton
Robinswood Hill Country Park just south of Gloucester is renowned for its fantastic sledging slopes that attract local youngsters armed with fertilizer bags as soon as the first flake flutters.
Stay: Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds.
Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons has become so popular in winter, it becomes a sort of makeshift ski resort when the snow arrives. That said, it’s ideal for families of mixed ages as it starts with gentle beginner slopes and reaches up to some heart-racing drops at the peak.
Stay: Original Cottages in Wales.
Lyme Park in Disley has the enviable backdrop of one of England’s most recognised country houses (it featured in the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice. While it lacks the dizzying peaks of other sledging hills, the park has numerous slopes in its 1400 acres, making it a less crowded option ideal for families.
Stay: Staycity Serviced Apartments Manchester.
Roundhay Park in Leeds is generally the first stop for families once the first blanket of snow lays, with soft, gentle hills suitable for toddlers, younger kids and cowardly mummies and a much steeper ‘black run’ known as Hill 60, said to be ‘awesome’ for thrill-seeking teens.
Stay: Park Plaza Leeds.
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