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Spring Greens

Posted by on Jun 8, 2019

Out of the hangar… Haven’t done any flying since New Year, so long overdue to send the H into the sky again. This session included my 200th flight with my craft, which remains gloriously uncrashed so far, so very pleased about that. Fortunately I’m back in time for Spring, and there aren’t many places that look better from above in Spring time than Ashford Hangers, high in the hills of Hampshire. …and over to the Hangers. So I donned my walking boots, hiked the couple of Km there, and went and got us some of that in the nice afternoon sunshine… It was a perfect day for such an...

King of the Hills

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018

Up to the Top… It’s been a good long time since I last flew from the highest hill in Hampshire – I don’t go up there too much because it’s very popular with dog walkers and local residents in what is normally golden hour, so I don’t want to disturb them too often. And I have to wait for wind conditions to be perfectly calm, as we are 900 ft up at the summit before we even take off, and we want to go another 400 ft above that and still get useful footage whilst not being blown away to Portsmouth… Calm on High Today was such a day,...

Chinthurst Hill

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018

New Horizons I think I must have flown up almost every hill in Hampshire by now, so until the seasons change and we get some snow I am casting my aerial net slightly further afield, and so today I have a new fly site to show you – this time we’re over in Surrey, just south of Shalford on the road to Wonersh at Chinthurst Hill. My childhood home was Wonersh so I have a lot of memories of country walks up here when I was young. I was hoping that the hill would be smaller than I remembered it (I had much littler legs last time), but it...

Gibbet Hill – Devils Punchbowl

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018

Heading for the Valleys… There has been a lot of rain recently, so this being the first day of sunshine afterwards I couldn’t wait to get back in the sky. I hadn’t flown here before with the H, but I remembered how nice the Devils Punchbowl in Hindhead looked last time I was there, and so a plan formed, and I scoured the maps for the best place to fly. It was much busier than I was expecting, and I didn’t want to overfly too many people, so I kept away from the valley itself (where most dog walkers were), and instead wheeled myself up to the open heath...

Autumn Greens

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018

Course Lock Flying as I do quite regularly from the Lake Heath I’ve had my eye on the adjacent golf course for a while, and have long since wished I could do a flight or 2 from within the grounds so I can get some really decent views of their gloriously manicured landscaping and attractive trees. I’ve been in contact with the management on and off for a few years, but we’d never quite managed to arrange a day. But one day last week I was just passing with all the flying kit in the car, with no fixed idea of where to fly, and thought I’d pop in...

Patchwork Gardens

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Almost a Home Ground… Technically, this fly-site is the closest to my house of anywhere I fly, but despite one very successful flight here around 5 years ago with my Discovery Pro, I have been reticent to return because I don’t want to worry or harass the gardeners by flying there too often. The last thing I would want is for them to think I am spying on them, or up to anything nefarious, so I always go and talk to at least a few people of whoever is there and ask if they mind if do some aerial photography. Everyone has been very kind so far. Flight Planning...

Lammas Land Spin Glides

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Losing Light… Over in Godalming again visiting Mum, so paused on the way to go grab some dusk footage from the Lammas Lands, this time from the ‘Farncombe’ side of it. It’s another huge wide-open space largely devoid of people, except the odd dog walker, and this makes it a similarly great place to fly as the other side of the road is. Safe and legally distant from structures, but close enough to a built-up area to get some decent views of the town. Light wasn’t on my side this time – it was failing fast at only 4.30 pm or so, but I got there and set up...

St Peters at Terwick

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018

Location location… I have often seen the sign to St Peters church just off the A272 in Hampshire, near Terwick, but until recently hadn’t ventured down there to do any flyings. But recently I was visiting a friend out that way who was staying in a local farm cottage, and we went walking about and found the church, and a nice little field out the back of it, and some very attractive Autumn colours. Just one really quick flight here, so didn’t feel I fully did it justice, but I will be back during Winter to get a slightly better view of the church, which I think would look...

Speedy wheels

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018

Wheel-cam is go… I ride this all the time, but have rather given up making videos about it because having found the good ones I tend to repeat a lot of my routes, which doesn’t make for interesting video if you’ve seen it all before… but hey ho, someone asked, so I knocked out another one. Speedy speedy This is quite a fast run into town on the cycle path, round the town a bit, then the church, then round the lake, sped up x4 later, which does get a lot of distance traveled into not much time, but we pay a price in quality – Youtube really hates...

Ashford Hangers

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018

250 yards further… Exciting new fly site time ! I’ve lived in Petersfield for at least 10 years, and have known about Stoner Hill and Ashford Hangers for most of that, but recently my good friends Matt & Joolz told me about a viewpoint I had never found in all that time, so today I set out on a mission to find it, and when I did I was rewarded by one of the best potential fly sites I’ve seen for a while ! And it is a mission to get there – I have to drive all the way to the end of Litten Lane, a fabulously unmaintained...

Butser Hill South

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018

If at first you don’t succeed… …go back again and have another go. Last time I was here, the sun had already gone down, I inexplicably had an ND4 filter on, and had to set ISO way high, so footage was quite bad and trees got turned to mush – eurgh. So this time, I’ve got there an hour earlier, and all my ND filters remain in the bag, and things are looking much better for it… also less wind today, so that’s nice. The Road to the Top This is one of the fields that lines the main road up to the summit of Butser, but I’m saving...

Godalming High Rise

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018

Flying Back Home New Fly-site time again, and this time we’re in my former home town of Godalming, where we have time for 2 slow panning rises from carefully selected locations around the town. First up is quite a high base, on Busbridge Recreation field, where we get a decent early evening view of the town from the top of the hill, and then we’re down on the Lammas Lands, one of the only safe and legal places to fly close to the town center, and this one really is very rewarding in the afternoon light, being as we are right on the river and right next to the...