Countisbury

A huge cliff and magnificent scenery make a visit essential for the experienced pilot.

Directions

Take A39 from Minehead to Lynmouth. Park at the National Trust (Barra Burrow) free car park half a mile on the right before the Inn and walk out to the hut and mast, this is Top T/O. Lower T/O is down on the slope in the bowl in front of the church. Please do not park in the Blue Ball pub car park as we have been allowed to do in the past. They are now extremely busy and have requested we do not park there to fly. 

Guidelines

Not for the inexperienced pilot. 100 hrs airtime is the recommended minimum for a very good reason. Consult a coach before you go and be very careful in your assessment of conditions. Good judgement is essential. Make sure that you have correctly determined the wind direction and speed.

Takeoff

Lower T/O from the slope in front of the church. Upper T/O from the grass area to the right of the hut.

Bottom Landing

No bottom Landing.

Top Landing

On the cleared area left of the hut on top T/O and left of the track to the NT car park. Also in front of the church wall at lower T/O for PG's - this is a very tricky landing due to the proximity of the wall - assess this option very carefully.

PG Side-Slope Landing

With care there is plenty of slope landing. Assess carefully before take-off.

XC Potential

With a north wind long coastal runs West to Ilfracombe and East to Porlock are possible. The sea and the rocks will claim the careless! Strong winter thermals give opportunities to go over the back.

Hazards

The site is subject to very rapid wind increase. If the wind is north, watch for any indications that it is going off to the east and bottom land at Lynmouth. Rotor from the hut at t/o. The Aerials on the mast. The RAF use the mast as a target. Soaring with a Tornado below you may cause alarm! (It has already happened). Make sure you NOTAM when flying midweek.

Grid Ref: 
SS748501
Site Code: 
2.095
Owners: 

National Trust – take-off.

Takeoff Height: 
900ft
Landing Height: 
0ft
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