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UK sledging spots: readers’ travel tips

When the UK gets a powder day, head to the hills. Here are readers’ best places to hurtle downwards on a tray

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The windy chalk hills of Dunstable Downs are great all year round for walks and kite flying. However, its terrifically steep slopes come into their own in the snow. Blow’s Downs is my favourite spot – it’s never too busy and allows you to reach the most amazing speeds on the cheapest bit of plastic. It was the highlight of my winter to look back at the slopes and see which of us had made the longest tracks. wildlifebcn.org/reserves/blows-downs Cand82

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House-sit and see the world for free

Is there such a thing as a free holiday? House-sitting comes pretty close. Here’s our guide on how to do it, with advice from experienced ‘sitters’

If you’re at all familiar with the Home Alone movies, you’ll understand that the moment a house is left vacant a pair of bumbling criminals will try and break into it. And not everyone has a Macaulay Culkin equivalent they can leave behind as a security guard. That’s where the house-sitter comes in. In exchange for free accommodation, homeowners hand over their keys to people willing to take care of their house while they’re away.

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