Top 10 snow-sledging hills

Just in case the weather necessitates the sacrifice of our tea trays, here are a few of the nation’s favourite snow-sledging hills. 

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  1. The reservoir at Osmotherley in Yorkshire has a long, steep slope – one of the key factors for a good sledge.
     
  2. Darley Park, Derby, with a long sloping hill – the climb might be long, but the ensuing lengthy sledge is worth it!  
     
  3. The Great Knoll not only sounds the part but delivers a good speedy sledge with its steep bank. Find the Great Knoll just off Foxwood Lane in York.
     
  4. Mickey’s Bank in Nottingham is a steep hill with a hawthorne hedge at the bottom to cushion your finish.
     
  5. The Stiperstones in Shropshire is a local beauty spot with a good choice of slopes to privately commandeer. 
     
  6. North Londoners flock to Primrose Hill when the snow descends. This location offers long slopes as well as the chance to do a bit of celebrity spotting. 
     
  7. South Londoners, however, opt for the accommodating Lofty Brockwell Park with a good wide starting base and speedy dip. 
     
  8. Holyrood Park in Edinburgh has something for everyone – gentle and sloping, fast and long, short and steep.
     
  9. Wales’ Storey Arms in the Brecon Beacons is also a good all-rounder, with beginner slopes and steeper slopes nearer the peak that might make you feel you’re living on the sledge.
     
  10. Ashton Court Estate in Bristol is popular for facilitating a good sledge, and the deer herd that live here add to the festive feel.
     
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Then again, should the weather disappoint, there’s always the chance to go dog sledding at Croft Farm, Tewkesbury!