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« on: January 17, 2020, 01:07:57 AM »

I discovered yesterday that a colleague who has just moved to Reading is a slope soarer.  He doesn't know the area (obv.) so; any suggestions for sites easily reachable from Reading for (summer) evening flying?  Sites further afield for weekend flying would also be welcomed.

The nearest decent site I could think of is Uffington, but it's a good half hour to 40 minutes from Reading along the M4/A338 providing the M4 isn't rammed with traffic and  / or roadworks.
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 04:35:46 AM »

Ivinghoe? (Still not that close)

https://www.ivinghoe.org.uk/
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 05:20:08 AM »

Ivinghoe is a great site which is flyable from many different directions , so maybe worth the extra journey when other sides aren’t flyable.

Also written Wittenham Clumps nr Dorchester is good for lighter slope models . We use it in the Oxford Club use it as a slope site.

Also check out the Slopehunter site for others

http://www.slopehunter.co.uk/

It’s a great site that opens in Google maps now
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 05:27:27 AM »

Beacon Hill near Highclere but it's still around 50 minutes drive from the centre of Reading.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 08:12:13 AM »

Think yourselves lucky that you don’t live in Narfuk!.  I really have to head for the Midlands or the South West and that is a truly awful exprience!  I used fly at Ivinghoe but it is now very busy by the look of things and I think we did ridge soaring near Dunstable when I lived darn sowff.
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 02:33:16 AM »

Thanks for those.  I note that the slopehunter site is no longer being updated which is a shame as it seems like a really good idea.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2020, 08:44:34 PM »

Apologies for replying to an old thread, but TheLurker, aren't there some decent coastal slopes in Norfolk? (Waxham Sands, I think has a longish dune, but it's short in height). Another one near Reading is Turville Hill, but it's rather limited. I've soared a 48" glider there and a similar span foam wing. The Red Kites often show an interest...
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2020, 01:44:15 AM »

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.. Another one near Reading is Turville Hill, but it's rather limited...
Thanks, I'll pass it along.
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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2020, 07:04:16 AM »

Apologies for replying to an old thread, but TheLurker, aren't there some decent coastal slopes in Norfolk? (Waxham Sands, I think has a longish dune, but it's short in height). Another one near Reading is Turville Hill, but it's rather limited. I've soared a 48" glider there and a similar span foam wing. The Red Kites often show an interest...

Thank you Chuckie - Lurks is some way from Norfolk - my territory!  I have not tried Waxham Sands and presently have no slope soarer.  I know some folk fly off the cliffs but that can be a bit “iffy” as we have had some cliffs just collapse into the sea.  However I did like slope soaring so you may have helped re kindled my interest.  Are you this way then?
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2020, 06:56:03 PM »

I used to take the kids camping to Waxham Sands. We've flown kites there, and I've always felt that a small glider would be great fun on the dune slope facing the sea - or even in the opposite direction (the dune is really long). I did once take a little foamie there, but the wind direction was stubbornly parallel to the slope! Typical! Every other time I've been there it would have been flyable. (I'm from Berkshire)

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