Storm Bella has seen inches of snow cover North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – which can only mean one thing!
Cars have been getting stuck on estates and the A500 closed due to a the weather, but a nightmare on the roads means that it’s perfect ‘playing out’ weather.
StokeonTrentLive readers have sent in brilliant photos of their snowmen, snow angels, and snowball fights, as well as their sledging snaps!
People have been rushing out to buy sledges to hit the slopes for some much-needed fun after being cooped up inside most of last year.
We asked readers the best Staffordshire spots for sliding down the hills, so here are eight awesome sledging spots in the county.
Don’t forget to send us some pictures of you having fun in the snow!
Bunny Hill, Clayton
Many of you will have fond memories of sledging down Bunny Hill in Clayton which always attracts the crowds and their sledges as soon as we get some snow.
It’s been dubbed ‘North Staffordshire’s best snow slope’ by locals, with dozens of families enjoying some fun slipping down the hill.
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The Butts at The Westlands
This beauty spot is just off Paris Avenue in The Westlands, Newcastle and has some super hills for zooming down.
Just up the road from Hanford Trailers, where you can get yourself a sledge, is Trentham Park, which is always a popular spot!
Brough Park, Leek
Those of you in the Moorlands may well have memories of snow days in Brough Park, and it looks absolutely gorgeous with a dusting of snow.
Berryhill Fields, Bentilee
You can get some great sledging action at Berryhill Fields. The 63.31 hectare nature reserve is looked after by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Central Forest Park
Central Forest Park, in Hanley, looks so picturesque in the snow – and there are a few decent hills to zoom down too.
Playing fields off Church Close, Biddulph
This gem of a hill is hidden within the Biddulph East council estate. Nestled between the Barley Mow pub, park, and five aside football pitch, it’s a brilliant slope to slip and slide down!
Park Hall Country Park
Park Hall Country Park in Weston Coyney is one of the city’s most important natural sites and it’s just super in the snow!
There are car parks off Hulme Road, further down off Hulme Road and off Weston Road at Bolton Gate.
But make sure you’re safe
While these locations have been put forward by our editorial team who are familiar our area, there are always precautions you should take when sledging as it can be very dangerous.
- Only get your sledge out during daylight. You need to be able to see any obstacles that might be in your way.
- Go down the hill one at a time and wait for the last person to move out of the way before taking your turn. When heading back up the hill, keep well to the side of the sled path to allow the next person lots of space.
- Don’t forget it’s cold. Sledging is a snow sport so make sure you wrap up warm. You might be warmer because you are running up hills, but you must wear suitable winter clothing – and for that matter, maybe even safety gear like helmets to prevent bumping your head. Wear gloves, a hat and boots to keep the cold out.
- But avoid wearing scarves or any clothing that can get caught and pose a risk of strangulation.
- Always face forward on your sledge. Never sled down a hill face-first, backwards or while standing as it significantly increases the risk of serious injury.
- An exception to the earlier rule of one at a time – children under five should always sled with an adult, and kids younger than 12 should be watched at all times.
- If you find yourself on a sledge that won’t stop, roll off it and get out of the way.