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Coastal Sites
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Dizzard  
Maker Heights
Polhawn
Strete     
Struddick farm  
Trethill Cliffs
Whitsands Bay  
Woolacoombe
Inland Sites
Belstone
Chinkwell
Corn ridge
Cox Tor     
King Tor
Meldon Hill
Wigery Cross  
Dartmoor Rules
Firing Ranges

 

 

MELDON HILL     NORTH

Sheet 191   Grid SX  695 862    Site Officer    John Owen-Jones

Suitability Hang Glider Club Pilots, but not  beginners
Suitability Paraglider   Club Pilot 

Dimensions
650 meters to bottom landing field at Padley Common. Site is very rounded.

Pilots need to be able to judge glide angle and lose height by tracking before setting up for a landing approach. Thermal activity often extends the glide angle so be careful not to overshoot into trees, hedges and wire fences.

Rigging
Gliders can be moved forward to the area on top of the hill, which is sheltered from the wind.

Take Off
Good, but will only support a few gliders at a time.

Top Landing
Well back away from rocks, on the flat area behind and rigging area - and so away from rotor, but watch for wind shear.

Bottom landing
On rough common land, near to sports pitch. Do not land on the cricket pitch.
Beware of nice clear smooth green area in summer which may be boggy.
On the lower slopes the bracken may reach head height.

Hazards
Natterdon Common site should not be flown if the wind is Northerly because of rotor from the trees. Easterly can also be dangerous.

Local Flying
There is some interesting thermal activity here and gliders sometimes have to go 1/4  - 1/2 a mile out in front of the hill to find the best thermals- often rising from the farm buildings near the road. 

XC Flying
It is also possible to fly downwind to King Tor, from here, 3 miles to the south 

Nearest Telephone

Nearest Hospital                       Telephone:

Directions

Parking
Park near the road at the crest of the hill, and it is a fairly easy and level walk of 300 metres to take off.

 


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