Monday 6 April 2020

11 places to go sledging in Gloucestershire

It's snowing! Head to some of Gloucestershire’s best sledging hills, parks and peaks.

When it snows in Gloucestershire, wrap-up warm, dig out your wellies and grab your sledge.

If you’re off school or work due to the weather, find your very own winter wonderland with SoGlos’s picks of the best sledging slopes and hills across Gloucestershire.

1. Sledging at Cleeve Hill in Cheltenham

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. There is even the option to head to the on-site golf club for hot food and drink to warm up afterwards.

2. Sledging at Crickley Hill in Birdlip

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.

3. Sledging at Minchinhampton and Rodborough Common in Stroud

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.

4. Sledging at May Hill in Longhope

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.

5. Sledging at Robinswood Hill in Gloucester

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 are still running).

6. Sledging at Pittville Park in Cheltenham

If you have young children 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 coffee from the on-site café.

7. Sledging at Painswick Beacon in Painswick

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.

8. Sledging at Leckhampton Hill in Cheltenham

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.

9. Sledging at Cam Peak in Dursley

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.

10. Sledging at Cirencester Amphitheatre

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.

11. Sledging at Broadway Tower in Broadway

For panoramic views, great photo opportunities and the second highest point in the Cotswolds, Broadway Tower is another great option for all of your sledging needs.

Afterwards, warm up in the Morris & Brown Café and learn about the history of the tower with three floors of exhibitions.

By Alex Boulton

© SoGlos
Monday 02 December 2019

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