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Posted by on Dec 12, 2018

King of the Hills

King of the Hills

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, and being the middle of it, there were only a few people around, and not much wildlife to disturb either. All the sheep were way down in the valley, so apart from that massive mast, and the odd low-flying helicopter, I had the skies to myself. No airprox action required today so my panoramas went unimpeded, although for some reason...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2018

Chinthurst Hill

Chinthurst Hill

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 wasn’t, and it was quite a trek to the top ! The View from Above Well worth the climb though – when I got to the summit I was met with the nice wide open space I remembered, with spectacular views under a muted sun, some very interesting trees and the last of the Autumn colours – a lot of...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2018

Gibbet Hill – Devils Punchbowl

Gibbet Hill – Devils Punchbowl

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 of Gibbet hill to the right of the Punchbowl. Here there were less people but we still had a decent view of the surrounding countryside, one end of the A3 tunnel, and there’s lots of bonus forest, full of trees which still have their leaves, which looks great in golden hour. Spin Panorama I did 3 flights here, 2 taking...

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