K Places To Go Sledg­ing

Hamp­stead Heath, Lon­don Hay Tor, Dart­moor Arthur’s Seat, Ed­in­burgh Og­wen Val­ley, Wales Mal­one House, Belfast

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The cap­i­tal is full of small hills that are per­fect for fam­ily to­bog­gan­ing. Primrose

Hill, Alexan­dra Park and Par­lia­ment Hill on Hamp­stead Heath are par­tic­u­lar favourites. You can see the whole of the city from the sum­mit of Par­lia­ment Hill, form­ing a stun­ning back­drop to a rare snowy day in the city. The fastest speed ever recorded on a sled was by TV’s Guy Martin in An­dorra, clock­ing in at a hair un­der 85 miles per

hour! Hay Tor, one of Devon’s most pop­u­lar sledg­ing spots, of­ten has a dust­ing of snow when the towns and vil­lages below are bare. The walk­ers’ path from the up­per car park is a gen­tle start, while the long de­scent to the lower car park is only for the brave! Re­mem­ber, pulling up on the front will make you go faster, not slower, un­less you’re on a tra­di­tional to­bog­gan. Dan­gle feet off the front to brake. Just a short walk from the city cen­tre, Arthur’s Seat of­fers sledg­ing with a won­der­ful view over Scot­land’s cap­i­tal. Fam­i­lies tend to gather just above St Mar­garet’s Loch on the north side of the hills, as any­thing higher up on the an­cient vol­cano can be a bit hairy. Re­mem­ber to stay hy­drated, even in the cold. Hot drinks and soups are a great way to stay warm while keep­ing your liq­uid in­take high. The high peaks make a dra­matic back­drop to road­side slid­ing in the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park. The paths and fields ei­ther side of the A5 are per­fect, and with the Og­wen Snack Bar and cafés in Capel Curig, there are plenty of spots to warm up with a cake and a cuppa! You can steer some­what by us­ing your feet, too. Pop a leg out on the side you want to turn to­wards, and you should start head­ing that way! This grand Geor­gian house sits on the edge of the city, giv­ing folk easy ac­cess to its slopes af­ter a sud­den snow­fall. The front of the house of­fers a steep pitch with a long, smooth run out for slow­ing down. Ex­perts say that our thin and patchy snow best suits light sledges of plas­tic or alu­minum that skim over the sur­face. Tra­di­tional to­bog­gans on wooden run­ners are only ef­fec­tive in deep snow.

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