Best Places to Celebrate the Snow in Cambridge
Whenever we see the first few flurries of snowflakes, we regress to our childhood years. Everyone gets excited when it starts snowing, even if you know full well that you still have to go to work! Once you have left school, you say a sad goodbye to ‘snow days’. But the second those flakes start to fall, the hope of having the day off to play in the snow pops up its head again.
Even if you’re the sort of person that dashes to the superstore to stock up whenever the met office mentions a ‘cold front’, snow brings a smile to your face. Whether you are the anxious, bread-and-milk hoarding type or not, you will want to know where to go to make the most of Cambridge’s snow. Read on to find out the best places to celebrate the snow in Cambridge.
Top snow spots
Cambridge is an architecturally spectacular city. Its historic buildings are what gives Cambridge its claims to being “one of the most picturesque cities in the UK.” So, where should you go to see Cambridge at its most resplendent when it is covered by a blanket of snow?
Our favourite spot to visit to celebrate Cambridge in all its snowy glory is the Bridge of Sighs (pictured). It is a covered bridge built in 1831 at St John’s College which has been used in Hollywood blockbusters like 2007’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and 2014’s The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. If you are a history-appreciating, movie fan then that is the spot for you.
Bare it all
If you are an adrenalin loving, snow-chasing type – likely to be found frolicking naked in the snow Scandinavian-style, then you should head to Devil’s Dyke, near Burwell. The steep earthworks of reputed Anglo-Saxon origin are the largest in south Cambridgeshire making for some extreme sledging opportunities, so do take care!
Alternatively, there is also Coldhams Common which does not have as many head-spinning heights. It is one of the largest green spaces in Cambridge (40 hectares approx.) meaning that there is plenty of space for everyone to enjoy sledging through the snow.
In South Cambridgeshire, there is Gog Magog Hills. “The Gog Magog Hills are a range of low chalk hills, extending for several miles to the southeast of Cambridge.” From there, you will be able to check out some incredible views of the city as well as play in the snow.
Snow in the centre
If you don’t want to leave the city centre then Jesus Green is an excellent spot to visit with your sled. It is a large, leafy park just north of central Cambridge that was formed when it was separated from Midsummer Common in 1890.
The park is a large open area of grassland and horse chestnut tree-lined avenues, which is also home to the Jesus Green Lido and the city’s tennis courts. Even when it isn’t snowing, wandering around Jesus Green is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
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