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Selsley Common is a fairly large, generally friendly site overlooking Stroud and the Severn Estuary. As you can see from the photo above, there are few obstacles to evade when launching and a large flat area behind the front for landings. Slope landings are also relatively easy. Landing to the left of the area shown in the photo should, however, be avoided as there are various dips and excavations to ensnare the unwary.
To the right of the photo, on the corner of the hill, is where the modellers usually fly and extra care should be taken here; out above the trees on this corner (actually above the houses) does appear to be a good source of thermals though. The tree-line visible in the bottom right corner continues to the left across the face of the hill, often making the first 200 feet or so a little bumpy, calling for some care to be taken in slope landings.
The gliding club is a mile from the front of the hill, behind the wood that hugs the bowl on the right hand side of the picture. The west-facing slope of this bowl is not to be recommended due to the power lines, the shape of the bowl itself which makes rotor likely and the lack of a bottom landing option.