I was interested in Alps scenery so it isn't such an issue.
Is there no slope lift at all then, in somewhere like the UK?
Yes I am afraid that is the case. As I now only fly in UK scenery I have only a few comments to make about other sceneries. There are some ridges in the French sceneries which are soarable though - Provence has some. I have done a 500K without circling, on ridges in Provence. What I do not know is whether these ridges are actually realistic - i.e. have not had their slopes increased by fiddling the software.
You should be fine if you stick to Alpine scenery.