White Sheet Downs: Morgan's Ridge: WNW-NNW; 755' asl; 185' ttb; ST 803 354 sheet 103; Site code: TBC
At the request of the landowner, this site is only open to full Avon Club Members and is subject to the restrictions detailed below. Make sure you have read and understood the Site Licence Agreement that can be found here. Remember that you must have a National Trust Helmet Sticker. Click here to download an application form for your sticker.
||Nick Somerville (01749) 880579.
|National Trust Warden:
||Kim Portnell, Stourhead Office, 01747 842005
||Pilot and Advance Pilot Rated only
||MID WEEK ONLY! We have no permission to fly at weekends when the site is busy with model flyers. Pilot rated and Advanced Pilot rated pilots with a current Avon helmet sticker and a National Trust Helmet Sticker may fly for the purpose of launching for XC flights. CP rated pilots may not use this site. Please have your BHPA card and helmet sticker in place to show the warden if asked. If non Avon pilots arrive to use the site please request them not to fly..
|Directions / Parking:
||Leave Frome going south on the B3092. Two miles after Maiden Bradley, turn left, immediately after the Red Lion pub, into Long Lane. Follow the track carefully for about 1 mile. There are a few parking spaces directly at the top of the hill and plenty more after the right turn along the top. Please do not block any gates. Access to the site is through the kissing gate adjacent the field gate at the top of the hill. Remember to secure the rope on the kissing gate.
||Paragliders can lay out in front of the hill fort ramp or at the far end where the ramp peters out. Hang Gliders can be dropped off at the kissing gate at the top of the hill before parking further along the track. Rigging should be done on the other side of the kissing gate.
||Anywhere along the ridge. The far end is best when the wind is WNW. The site is shared with model fliers so establish a 'shared airspace' agreement before taking off.
|Local Flying / Hazards:
||If the wind direction is to the left of Alfred's Tower it is better to fly the Spencer's Bowl (SW bowl). Remember that this is a new site, so treat it with respect and share your experience of flying it with other pilots and the club committee.
||Be aware of gliders flying from the Kingston Deverill Glider Field behind the ridge to the SE (shown on airmaps as "The Park"). After that there is no significant airspace downwind until you reach the Solent block. 65km+ should be possible to Swanage.
||The top landing area is huge and clear of any obstructions.
||There is no agreed bottom landing. The ridge is steep but slope side landing should present no difficulties for paragliders provided the decision is made early. Avoid getting to low due to the abundance of bushes and small trees.
||Red Lion pub at the entrance to Long Lane.
||Frome or Bath.
||If required for emergency access, a key to the locked gate adjacent to the kissing gate can be obtained by contacting Kim Portnell, Stourhead Office, 01747 842005.
This page last updated: 1st November, 2011
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