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 Post subject: Sledging hill question
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:38 am 
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Greetings from "darn sarf", I have a question that requires some "local knowledge". Does anyone know of a good sledging hill to the North/East of the Midlands UK?

I ideally it would be accessible to myself heading up the A1/M1 and for a friend making a rendezvous heading from Humberside.

And given the recent snowfall, does it have any skiable snow on it? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:20 pm 
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we use the hill in Darley Park in Derby, but it's not very long (200m).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Thanks orange 71, do you think/know that it will have a good few inches of snow cover over grass?

I have also seen recommendations for "Mickey's Bank", Sutton Lawn, Nottingham (off A38), but Google Maps can't pinpoint it?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Thanks chaps, we went for a rendezvous in Derby, there was plenty enough snow on the hill and it was remarkably good quality too. Induction/lesson completed in a couple of hours, then a fine pub lunch with some very drinkable Ale. 10 out of 10 for Derby!. Pictures etc. to follow in the blog write up soon.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:47 pm 
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excellent - I'd heard the snow was a bit wet and pretty quiet too as most kids bored of it now...! Always wanted to have a go snowboarding on the park :D


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 Post subject: Snow quality
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:37 pm 
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The snow quality was excellent, with a pleasingly buttery quality, it was clear that it had not yet been through any freeze/thaw cycles that as you know, normally ruin snow at low altitudes. It was only about 4" deep, going down to scraped bare in many places, but on a base of grass it was fine providing you didn't try anything too aggressive.
Afterwards, I had a drive up the road towards Ashbourne and Mattlock to see what the situation was closer to the peaks. There was a lot of drifting in some spots, but equally other areas scraped bare. If there had been a bit more depth overall I might have stayed overnight and done some more exploration on Monday. :)
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