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Most Challenging GA Airfields in the UK

Old 18th Nov 2018, 21:11
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Most Challenging GA Airfields in the UK

I've got just over 140hrs now, mainly flying my boss's C150 Aerobat. Looking for some good challenging fields to fly into.

So far, the most challenging fields I've been to are:
  • Ledbury
  • Meppershall
  • Eddsfield
  • Bagby
  • Milfield Gliding Site
  • Dunkeswell (full night landing with 17kts straight across - easy during the day)
As you can probably tell, for me, the more out there the better. Microlight fields, gliding sites, the smaller the better!

I also live in Newcastle so anyway not 200 miles away would be appreciated but I get most will be from the south.
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Old 18th Nov 2018, 23:16
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St Mary’s scilly isles
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 03:18
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UK - Nayland, every day and twice on Sunday!
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 03:44
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Another vote for Nayland - I based my shared Jodel there for many years.

Get a proper briefing first - one way for landing and the other way to take off. Runway on a genuinely steep hillside with steeper hills directly bordering the runway margins.

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Old 19th Nov 2018, 08:52
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I had never heard of Nayland, so I looked it up, expecting it to be in suitably rugged part of Britain. I was very surprised to discover it was in Suffolk, just across the border from Essex! I looked at it on streetmap.co.uk - the contours and the appropriately named Hill Farm give the game away.

During my search, I saw a reference to a 2004 PPRuNe thread about a legal challenge to the airfield. Interesting reading but no follow-up. What happened in the end? What was the legal process that prevented the presentation of evidence?

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Crosland Moor (Huddersfield)
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 09:21
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Any/all private strips...!
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 10:53
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Spilstead Farm near Battle in Sussex.

Undulating to put it mildly.

But well worth a visit to meet Bill Cole.


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Old 19th Nov 2018, 12:01
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Stoke, Isle of Grain.

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Lundy in the Bristol Channel
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 14:45
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Nayland, land, pointing at what looks like a vertical cliff - then FULL throttle to get up the hill.

There is a tractor for those who dont.

Take off, like going off an aircraft carrier - no visible runway after a couple of hundred feet.

Very scary, much more than St. Barts which I did the training on earlier this year.

Lots of taildragger types at Nayland, Champs Austers and such.

Easy to find - has Nayland in big letters painted on the hillside.

I recall a nasty accident there a decade ago when a couple of women in a PA28 out of Southend thought they would give it a go.
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 15:27
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My vote goes to: Westbury sub Mendip

I am not sure if it is still open, but when I last went there in a MS-880B around 1990, it was built on an old railway line, with cinder and an embankment that fell away either side. A few years later I know someone who managed to deviate on landing down the embankment, writing off the aircraft.

Westbury-sub-Mendip - UK Airfield Guide

I have to add, that not enough PPLs experience flying into airstrips, but it requires more preparation, research and revision on the performance data. Sadly I suspect quite a few clubs in this country discourage strip flying.
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John Lloyds old strip. Interesting approach to say the least and a runway made from old tarmac scalpings. Long closed so ignore that one.

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Old 19th Nov 2018, 17:26
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EGNF's a bit challenging (short) for those who can't land on the numbers (or find it in the first place)!
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 18:43
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I agree with the previously mentioned:
St Mary's to a lesser extent.

I should add:
Kersey (Suffolk) - rather short and sloping, but not as steeply as Nayland
Priory Farm - relatively short with a hangar at the Southerly end
Northrepps International circa 2000 - it moves from time to time, but the yr 2000 incarnation was short and sloping.
Bodmin - humped
Davidstow - very badly potholed
Roche - very short
Gweek International - very very short
Mendlesham / Mickfield narrow grass strip
Dennington - short
Needham - short
Lawford - very short
Milden / Harvest Farm - short
Belchamp Walter - short
Gt Cornard International - short, wires nearby
Somersham / Little Blakenham heliport - surrounded by HV cables and pylons
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 20:42
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The long-gone Canterbury strip ate a few aeroplanes.
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Old 19th Nov 2018, 21:58
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 00:39
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Any field without “strip” in the name e.g. stubble field, harvested pea field, newly sown barley field, cattle or sheep grazing field. Or “beach” if you want to lower the odds of bending your machine. As far as semi recognised landing sites, a mate has a ski jump type strip set up on the face of the Glens at the back of Auchenblae with power pylons just below the leap off point. Always a bum clencher on departure.
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Old 20th Nov 2018, 08:38
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Closer to home for you. Hexham.
There's also Peterlee, Causey Park, Currock Hill, the other Peterlee etc. In fact you're pretty much surrounded by strips. Many not on the charts. Perhaps you're just not talking to the right people.
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Popham on a busy event day can be very challenging
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