Uffington White Horse – hang gliding & paragliding
Limited Access. Site is closed during Bank Holiday weekends and all the weekends during the school summer holidays. Restricted to Pilot (Hill). The National Trust car park at Uffington White Horse is closed until the 18th of May 2020 due to previous Covid-19 restrictions. Please check the NT website for further details and follow their guidance.
Wind Direction / Details
NW - NNE (but note that this is a new and untried site). North facing escarpment.
This is a sensitive site with the National Trust. Please only park in the official car park. Only take off and land back at launch or bottom land in the campsite field. Do not slope land anywhere else, especially on the horse or back towards the car park. This has been explicit in the rules given by the National Trust. If you have any questions ask a member of the committee.
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.
OS Grid Ref: SU 302 868 Map: Landranger 174, Explorer 170. BHPA Site Ref: 1.xxx (for notifying mid week flying).
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Follow National Trust signposts for “Uffington White Horse”
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.
From the main NT car park take the footpaths to the White Horse.
Approximate elevation: 250m/820’ AMSL. Anywhere along the slope to the East of the White Horse.
There is a designated top landing area. This is the area to the East of the White horse. The bottom landing field is out front of the hilll to the east of the track up, the big grassy field. This is actually a camp site so do approach with caution. If busy then avoid landing there.
When the wind is off to the North West - there may be rotor behind the “Dragon hill” This is a popular site for flying model gliders – please liaise with the model flyers over where to fly. When approaching the bottom landing field approach from the east out front and avoid flying low and lee side of Dragon Hill.
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.