Top Tips For Sledging In The Cotswolds and The Best Hills In The Area

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere then you’ll probably be quite aware of the anticipation of snow which is supposedly heading our way towards the end of the week!

Of course snowfall doesn’t come without some serious consequences like slips and falls, many of us not being able to get into work and chilly, chilly temperatures, but there are positives too. The snow makes the Cotswold countryside look even more beautiful (if that’s possible) and of course the little people in our lives love to go sledging.

 

Sledging is a really fun activity when then snow comes down but there are some tips to follow to ensure you enjoy it to the fullest and don’t get hurt:

Make sure the hill you choose is free of obstacles such as jumps, bumps, rocks or trees before you begin sledding and choose hills that are snowy rather than icy. An icy slope makes for a hard landing if you fall off your sled.

Sled during the daytime when visibility is better. If you go sledding at night, make sure the hillside is well lit and all potential hazards are visible.

Wear sensible winter clothing — hats, gloves, winter jacket, snow boots that are waterproof and warm, and change into something dry if your clothes get wet.

Avoid wearing scarves or any clothing that can get caught in a sled and pose a risk of strangulation.

Some people also choose to wear a helmet designed for winter sports but if  you don’t have a ski or winter sports helmet then you could wear the helmet you use for biking/scooting.

 

If you’ve got an excited child in your life be in a son or daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew who is keeping everything crossed for a snow-day off school this week then check out our guide to these local hills which are best perfect for sledging in the Cotswolds – you’ll make yourself very popular!

 

1.Cleeve Hill

Cleeve Hill is the highest point in Gloucestershire and boasts some long runs for sledging when the snow comes down. If there is snow in the area it is almost certain that there will be a nice cover up here because of its height so its a great spot for sledging in the Cotswolds.

 

Not only will you have a lot of fun sledging, you can also take in the absolutely magical views of the surrounding countryside, Cheltenham and out across towards the Malvern Hills.

 

The only issue you might have is getting to the top of Cleeve Hill in the first place, the road is pretty steep and can become pretty much impassable when the snow comes down,

 

2.May Hill

Another great spot for sledging in the Cotswolds is May Hill in Herefordshire. This wild and open hill has a landmark row of distinctive pine trees right on the top and the slopes themselves are perfect for sledging. The summit lies on the western edge of Gloucestershire and slopes head down into Herefordshire and the views are incredible.

 

Again the only problem you’ll have with this spot is potentially being able to reach the hill in the first places, but many will give it a good go and lots do sucseed, just be careful!

 

3.Robinswood Hill

Two-hundred and fifty acres of open countryside with viewpoints, pleasant walks and way-marked nature trails cover this hill in Gloucestershire and it makes for a really great place to go sledging in the Cotswolds with wonderful views from the top.

 

4.Tibberton Court

Villagers in this otherwise flat village head for the slope in front of the Italianate court. The slope is short but steep and it is a really popular place to hurtle down on a sledge!

 

5.Broadway Tower

Known as the Cotswolds Highest Tower, this is also a perfect spot for sledging in the Costwolds and the views are pretty amazing too. The tower was built back in the 19th century and the surrounding land offers an ideal location for all your sledging. The dramatic outlook concludes as you slide towards Broadway, one of the Cotswold’s most picturesque villages. Once you’re done frolicking in the powder there is a lovely cafe at the tower or you could head down into Broadway to one of the tearooms there.

 

January 30, 2019 | Katharine



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