Thames Valley Hang Gliding Club

A BHPA Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club

Uffington White Horse

Uffington White Horse – hang gliding & paragliding

 

Status

Limited Access. Site is closed during Bank Holidays and all the weekends during the school summer holidays. The site status will be posted on the TVHGC website. Restricted to Pilot (Hill) rated Full TVHGC members only. Please see Restrictions.

See all the school and bank holidays here.

Wind Direction / Details

NW - NNE. North facing escarpment.

Restrictions

This is a sensitive site and is therefore currently restricted to Pilot rated Full TVHGC members. Just to be clear – Reciprocal members are currently not allowed to use this site. The agreement extends to both Paragliders and Hang Gliders.

Sensitivity

The National Trust owns and regulates our use of this site. There are lots of horses in this area, often ridden by inexpert riders. Horses are easily spooked by low flying gliders. Never fly low over horses. This is a popular tourist attraction so will be busy with visitors so please be very careful and tolerant. The National Trust have been extremely kind in allowing us to fly this popular site so don't abuse it.
It also goes without saying be careful of livestock and sheep/lambs especially around lambing time.

Location

OS Grid Ref: SU 302 868 Map: Landranger 174, Explorer 170. BHPA Site Ref: [to follow]

Directions

Follow National Trust signposts for “Uffington White Horse”

Parking

Park in the main National Trust “Pay and Display” car park. The license for this site restricts us to only parking in this car park. Do not park in the disabled car park, on the side of the road or in the passing places even to unload gliders. DO NOT PARK on the road up to the hill.

Access

From the main NT car park take the footpaths to the White Horse.

Take Off

Approximate elevation: 250m/820’ AMSL. On the areas marked on the map to the East of the White Horse. There is a take off area to the NE of the Fort.

Landing

1. The designated top landing area is the same launch area marked on the map to the East of the White Horse. The bowl area is very steep so if you must Slope land be very careful.

2. The unofficial bottom landing is the L shaped field at the bottom (as marked on the map) to the east of the road up Dragon Hill where the land owner runs a camp site. Beware of livestock and members of the public camping.

Prohibited landing areas:
- Unless it is an emergency it is prohibited to land anywhere else, especially no landing on the White Horse itself or Dragon Hill spur.

- It is also very tempting to land to the west of the hill Fort towards the car park at the end of the day where the hill is less steep. This is not acceptable to the National Trust due to the risks to the general public.

Hazards

When the wind is off to the North West or NNE - there will be rotor behind the “Dragon hill” so beware getting low down the gullies. This is a popular site for flying model gliders – please liaise with the model flyers over where to fly. Be careful top landing in strong wind due to the steep slope.

XC

If you do go XC from this site – get as high as you can before leaving the hill, there are not a lot of roads in the first 10km or so to Lambourn. Lambourn also has one of the largest numbers of race horses in the UK, be very careful about landing out.



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