With the Best from the East hitting Britain, and snow unlike anything we’ve seen for years, people have been jumping on their sledges and doing their best Cool Runnings impression.
But extreme conditions or not, where are the best hills to head for in the UK? Here’s a quick rundown on some of the ultimate sledging spots.
Traditionally, the South Downs delivers the best sledging in the south, and the best place is Lodge Hill (1), not far from Lewes.
This outdoor activity centre is located in a 32-acre woodland site, so it’s about as secluded as you can get for all your sledging needs.
If this is too isolated for you, then near Brighton is the iconic Stanmer Park (2), which has broad slopes and free parking. There are also plenty of activities for kids and grown-ups alike, including walks and activity trails.
The UK’s best sledging spots don’t need to be in obscure, out-of-the-way regions.
If you’re living in the capital, head to Primrose Hill (3). Enjoy a day out on the slopes and some brilliant views of the city.
The top of the hill is one of six protected viewpoints in London. It’s more than 60m above sea level, and the surrounding trees are kept low so you can admire the scenery while you zoom down the hill.
This region is not noted for its hills, but Robinswood Hill Country Park (4) near Gloucester is famous for sledging.
Particularly fun if the inventiveness of the young locals, who prefer to use makeshift sledges than overpriced, shop-bought models.
Watch out for plenty of locals coming down the slopes in fertiliser bags!
In Wales, you can go anywhere and find a hill to have sledging fun.
The best location has to be the Storey Arms (5), which turns the Brecon Beacons into an improvised ski resort when the snow comes.
This place is ideal to take the whole family, but watch out for more seasoned snowboarders and skiers.
Cumbria & The Lake District
Some of the slopes here are long and a bit scary so choose carefully. The A591 will take you to Dunmail Raise (6) where it doesn’t get any better in the UK.
In addition, Cold Fell (7) in Cumbria gives you more than a rough idea of what it is famous for. The people of West Cumbria have been sledging here for generations.
The hot spot, if you can get there, is situated between Calder Bridge and Ennerdale Bridge. You may need your snow chains for the car to enjoy this sledging paradise.
What is so good about the Lake District is that you are almost guaranteed snowfall, and there are lots of fabulous hotels to stay.
Think of Aviemore (8) in Scotland, and you think skiing. But it’s also a brilliant place to bring your sledge.
The chances of snow are very high. I would recommend that you leave the fertiliser bag and tea tray at home, though. In Aviemore, they take sledging pretty seriously and will even give you lessons.
Don’t underestimate UK’s best sledging spots. Be careful, have fun and don’t forget the hot chocolate and marshmallows!