When it snows in Gloucestershire, wrap-up warm, dig out your wellies, grab your sledge and find your very own winter wonderland with SoGlos’s picks of the best sledging slopes and hills across Gloucestershire.
At 1,083 feet, where better to go sledging than at Gloucestershire’s highest point?
Head to Cleeve Hill for long runs, great views and easy parking. When it’s open, there is even the option to head to the on-site golf club for hot food and drink to warm up afterwards.
Just a short drive from both Cheltenham and Gloucester, Crickley Hill offers panoramic views of the Cotswolds, a café and decent sledging conditions away from the cliff drops.
Promising plenty of space to find your very own run, the commons also offer spectacular views across the Stroud Valley and Severn Estuary.
Rodborough Common is just north of Minchinhampton and is home to the picturesque Rodborough Fort which is sure to look stunning in the snow.
Located on the border between Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, May Hill is owned by the National Trust and is known for its clump of trees on the summit.
Although not the easiest to drive to, the hill offers breath-taking views and gentle to moderate slopes.
A favourite Gloucestershire sledging destination, Robinswood Hill in Gloucester rises to 650 feet and offers toilets and on-site parking.
It is within walking distance of Gloucester suburbs Tuffley and Matson and is also accessible by bus (if they’re still running, of course).
If you have little ones who want to join in with the snowy fun, Pittville Park in Cheltenham may be your best bet.
In an easily accessible location with gentle slopes, you can finish off the day with a play in the park and a takeaway coffee from the on-site café.
A mile north of the historic village of Painswick, the Painswick Beacon is a popular sledging destination due to its long and gentle slopes.
For added intrigue, it is also the site of an Iron Age fort and offers views of the Severn Valley and the Forest of Dean.
With spectacular views across the Cotswolds, Leckhampton Hill is a great and relatively accessible sledging destination due to its proximity to Cheltenham.
If driving, use the Daisy Bank car park and walk up the incline to the grassland common area for the best sledging conditions.
Following the Cotswold Way, Cam Peak is within walking distance of the market town of Dursley.
The Iron Age fort dates back to 300 BC and offers long uninterrupted runs for great sledging.
Located on the outskirts of Cirencester, this area is a popular sledging destination due to its many short and gentle slopes.
Built in the 2nd century, it is also one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in Britain.
For panoramic views, great photo opportunities and amazing sledging, the second highest point in the Cotswolds, Broadway Tower, is another great option.
Afterwards, warm up with a coffee from the Morris & Brown Café or learn about the history of the tower with three floors of exhibitions, when it’s open again.
Tuesday 05 January 2021
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