Sledging in Sussex

Three boys sledging in Sussex, January 2010

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Sledging in Sussex is great today - Wednesday 1st December 2010 - the snow is about 3" inches deep and shows no sign of melting yet, in fact it's still falling. Take your family to one of several locations along the South Downs just north of Brighton. Try turning off the Hassocks to Brighton road at the Jack and Jill windmills and follow the lane to the top of the Downs. There's a car park up there, altho' it may be full today. The sledging down the slopes just below the windmills is wonderful for everyone and there are a range of slopes for even the least experienced. We regularly took our sons up there when they were quite tiny.

Sledging on Lodge Hill, Dichling, Sussex

Alternatively, you can go to the foot of the Downs, just off the Beacon Road. There's a car park on the corner of the junction with Underhill Lane. The slope here is steeper and not quite so long.

You could also park in Ditchling village car park and walk round past the Church and the village pond up to Lodge Hill. The slopes just along the lane to the left, which overlook Keymer and Hassocks are a great place for sledging. Afterwards you can go to either of our village pubs, The White Horse or The Bull, or to Dolly's Pantry or Chestertons for lunch or afternoon tea. This combination will make a great family day out.

Please note:

While I, personally, am not aware of any accidents and the slopes recommended here are great for sledging, they are quite steep and could result in accidents, especially at the foot of the runs, where wire fences and other hazards can cause injury.

Met Office weather forecast for Ditchling area.

Directions to the Ditchling area.

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snowy down

Photo: Luke Holland from BBC documentary film A Very English Village

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For more information on Sussex Snow check the Sussex South Downs Guide blog

Raymond Briggs, the famous children's author lives near Ditchling; look out for the road sign to Ditchling Beacon when you watch the film of The Snowman.

The sing to DItchling and Ditchling Beacon in the snow

Another delightful children's book by Raymond Briggs is Father Christmas ...
a real favourite with children.

Spot the South Downs and Brighton Pier when the little boy and the snowman fly over them in the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Wings Place, Ditchling  in snow

Berries in snow