K Places To Go Sledging
Hampstead Heath, London Hay Tor, Dartmoor Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Ogwen Valley, Wales Malone House, Belfast
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.