In light of the snow this morning, we here at SomeSomerset thought we would look at ways to make the most of the flurry. Here are two of our favourite ways to enjoy the pitching snow (apart from walking in it; for that, you can refer to our two previous blogs).
Option 1) Slide down a hill.
Whether on sledge, a piece of plastic that was lying around, or (if you are posh) on some skis, we all love to slide down a snow covered hill. Just in case more snow drifts into Somerset, here are our top spots for winter fun:
Taunton: Cotlake Hill.
Near Trull, this is a lovely spot any time of the year and there are plenty of walks that take in the hill. However, it is also a good place to head with your sledge.
Glastonbury: Glastonbury Tor.
This one may be obvious, but that steep landmark hill is at its best when sliding down the side of it over the snow.
Frome: Whatcome Fields.
These fields were bought by and for the local community and make for excellent sledging fun.
Yeovil: Wyndham Hill, Ninesprings.
Part of Yeovil Country Park, Ninesprings is a brilliant bit of country side in the town. Wyndham Hill is easy to find thanks to the landmark tree at the top of the hill.
Churchill: Mendip Snow Sport Centre.
Somerset does not disappoint. Even when it does not snow you can get your ski slope thrills. Check out the Mendip Snow Sport Centre, Link.
Option 2) Find a Cosy Fire Place.
From open fire pits to the crackle and roar of a cosy inglenook fire place; when it is cold outside you can’t beat a real fire. Here are our picks of five pubs with fireplaces to come in from the cold and warm your cockles:
West Coker: Inn the Square Link
Full disclosure, this is our local. However, even if it was not in walking distance for us we would still frequently venture over, we love it here. A large wood burning stove warming the place and ready to welcome you. The food is always comforting and high quality.
Chard: The Candlelight Inn Link
We had mulled wine here, following by some lunch just before Christmas. It was cosy, we sat by the log burner and had a lovely afternoon.
Compton Martin: Ring o’ Bells Link
The pub boasts an impressive open fire with comfortable chairs and it has the well warn feel of a proper pub. I would happily grab a cider and chase away the cold here.
Wiveliscombe: The White Hart Inn Link
This is a firm favourite when we are in the area. My Dad’s old local and somewhere with reliably good food and drink along with a real fire to warm your toes.
Shepton Mallet: Mendip Inn Link
This one comes highly recommended from my Mum. There are roaring fires and the food (particularly the roasts) are delicious. I get the impression it is more food orientated than an afternoon whiling time away at the bar.
We would love to hear any of your top tips for cosy pubs and adrenaline inducing hills for the snowy weather.