News Items for Bratton Camp (Westbury)
31/03/2011 - Horses At Westbury
Following a recent incident when horses were spooked by low flying pilots at the far southern end of the NW ridge pilots adjacent to the road, pilots are requested to keep at least 300' clearance from the ground in this area.   Read More
Bratton Camp (Westbury)
Grid Reference
ST900 516
Nearest Postcode
Site Code
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Site Officer
Martin Harris (07887 581566)
Any rated pilot.
Open site.
Park in the westernmost car park. Walk to the flattish take off area.
Carry your glider over onto the hill fort and rig just in front of or to the west of the long barrow.
Take Off
Just in front of the barrow on the northerly. Never inflate a paraglider in front of a hang glider - blow back accidents have happened. Paragliders, be sure to be flying properly before you leave the flattish take off. Otherwise you may bang your backside hard on the earthworks. No take offs from the slope of the hill below the ditch for safety reasons, as you would not be seen by other gliders taking off
Local Flying
When flying locally do not fly south of the fence forming the southern boundary of the area. If you do you will be violating the danger area. This site has great potential for flying out in front of the ridge. It is common for pilots to fly out over the cement works, over a kilometre out from the ridge and on good days triangles of 100 kms or more have been flown. There are riding stables just beyond the trees at the western end of the NW ridge. Stay at least 300 ato when overflying this area. (See Google map).
XC Flying
If you intend to fly XC make sure you have a map and know the position of the danger area. It is impossible to fly directly downwind from this site due to the danger area, you must first track west for three miles. Alternatively you can track east, but this is a much more difficult track as the danger area extends further north in that direction. There is a new (2014) agreement that means the restrictions on Keevil may be lifted on a day to day basis, allowing scoring flights to be made. Airspace has been negotiated for XC around to the West. You can find details on Model Flyers: Please allow them room to fly at the east end of the Bratton site.
Top Landing
Top landings should be made to the east of the long barrow on a hang glider, but note that they can be difficult in lighter winds due to the slope. Paragliders can land anywhere on top. Be especially careful if this area contains sheep. DO NOT LAND BEHIND THE BARROW (TURBULENCE)
Bottom Landing
The site has been cleared of trees recently and side landing is the best option for paragliders. The higher up the slope and further to the west the better. Watch out for rabbit holes and tree stumps. Walk up the spur at the western end of the slope, using the footpath that rises up the spur from the road at the bottom. The spur at the west is also now easily landable. We have not been given permission to land in either the cropped field or the set-aside strip at the bottom of the slope. Absolutely no landing in crop. Hang gliders need to make an early decision to fly to the emergency landing fields used for the NW take off. Do not land in any of the farmer's fields to the east of the hill, as they may contain horses.
Frome or Bath.
Just after leaving Westbury on the B3098 to Bratton turn right up Newton Road. At the crossroads at the top of the hill, turn left and drive until the road reaches the large grass common area.
Ordnance Survey Sheet

Bratton Camp Guide

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