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Finnich Glen added to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Scotland by stubbyd on 31/12/2019

Parking: There is a tiny lay-by which will take 2 or 3 cars but ¼mile up the road is a junction with more parking there.

Access: access is via style and / or gate (if fixed) and is through a forested area. This can be very wet and muddy and treacherous underfoot so extreme caution is advise as you are near to a gorge. If you follow the footpath for approx 10 / 15m walk you will see an obvious cleft the descends into teh gorge and it has a staricase [fx: cough]. When I was there this taircase was slippy, non-existant in places and plain suicidal in others. Hopefully it will get fixed up due to the interest generated by Outlander.

Weather: Pay attention to the wetaher as flash floods occur in these gorges and you may not get the same access as myself after a relatively dry summer / autumn.

Bottom Line: I do not advise tackling this unless you are either nuts, a regular hill / cliff scrambler or both. I got down but typically wear full wet weather gear so I was sliding at some points. Suffice to say it's a "little bit iffy".

Flying Your Drone:this is a bit like the access and I don't advise doing so or not doing so, just that I did. Be sure your manual flying skills are up to scratch though as my drone would not get a reliable GPS lock due to a. being in a gorge and b. possibly the iron ore in the rocks messing with it. I tried to hover at one point to grab a 360 pano and my drone simply would not remain stable and drifted several metres in random directions.

HOWEVER: if you do go then what you are greeted with is stunning red and green cliffs and a red stream / river running through. If you decide to wade upstream then you can get to the devil's pulpit (the lump or rock middle top in my image).

Would I go again - hell yes.

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Co-ordinates: 56.03136, -4.417421 • what3words: ///envoy.scrolled.examine

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Osmington Mills Jurassic Coast (By BritCanTravel)

I parked just up from the smugglers inn pub free on the road, but the car park is aimed at the pubs customers so is pricey however the pub is a great place for food and drink as well!

TOAL from crown shore and normally quiet anytime of the day but always great for some sunset shots.

Cruise liners there because of COVID,

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Co-ordinates: 50.6348, -2.376373 • what3words: ///mini.lend.threading

Pitsford Reservoir (By Acedrone)

Go early or late evening as their maybe to many people about I took this at 6am

https://youtu.be/PkdUTAQc6r8

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Co-ordinates: 52.32308, -0.856547 • what3words: ///grounded.reset.rugs

Jo N Lees Café, Morecambe (By Doodler)

The café is part of what was a gym on the shore near Hest Bank, the rest of the place is (was?) Hydropaws. There's a car park but that's only open when the café's open however there's plenty of parking on the promenade close by. I've already added a spot nearby but this is worthy of it's own spot because it's a damned good café and you can sit on the edge of the car park wall just in front of it, handy if you're with someone and they're of the what-am-i-going-to-do-while-you-fly attitude.
Entrance from the prom - https://w3w.co/fixture.protester.doing
Car Park - https://w3w.co/loudness.corporate.mimic

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Co-ordinates: 54.0872, -2.821157 • what3words: ///spooned.oddly.commoners

Seatown (By McSteamy2010)

Great location along the Jurassic Coast path with fantastic views including this one of the biggest land slip in 60years (2021)
Parking right on the sea front with food and toilet services near by.

perfect spot for watching the sun go down.

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Co-ordinates: 50.72127, -2.820554 • what3words: ///gossiping.path.galaxies

Brougham Castle, Penrith (By CSB73)

With this being a EH site I waited until after closing time and took off from a quiet country lane layby. Just be mindful of any walkers/traffic using the lane. That said, I was in the air for over 20mins and no one passed by. You can get some stunning shots of the castle and river nearby.

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Co-ordinates: 54.6511, -2.719898 • what3words: ///sedated.opposites.acrobatic

Jones Pit - Edge of Kings Wood (By BritCanTravel)

Parked in a lay-by next to a farm gate, was there for around a total of one hour. Saw about 3 people and 1 vehicle.

Flight straight across field to the wind turbine with a quarry either side. Wish I’d have investigated more whilst flying but wind was picking up.

Edge of Kings Wood, which I think is a nature reserve but you can still see from this location when up.

Private farmland but no barns or working field around to ask full permission. TOAL is from public highway.

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Co-ordinates: 51.95353, -0.643795 • what3words: ///quiet.bigger.hours

Lostock lime beds (By kvetner)

These colourful lime beds (official name Griffiths Road Lagoons) deal with waste product from the nearby Tara Chemicals soda ash plant.

I used two take-off points. There is a car park at the end of Farm Road in Rudheath, CW9 7DY. Footpaths lead northwest and then northeast to ///care.blunt.hurray, a spot with clear views. Hazards are power lines and occasional dog walkers.

There is also a car park heading north on the A556. At the time of my visit, this is closed to cars, but you can park in a layby on the A556 and walk round. It can also be accessed from the end of Cookes Lane. Rough take-off location ///this.neck.hope. Some walkers and cyclists use this path.

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Co-ordinates: 53.256, -2.47124 • what3words: ///final.flies.tiles

The Cairnwell (By notveryprettyboy)

Finally got round to finding where I flew from last year. This location is on the A93 in the Cairngorms National Park. Nice big layby and lovely views.
///stickler.name.reactions
56°51'43.5"N 3°25'22.3"W

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Co-ordinates: 56.86205, -3.423085 • what3words: ///lyricist.deflect.screening

Cantley Park , Doncaster (By Howard78)

Large park on the edge of the Doncaster airport restriction zone.

The fields are used most days by the local model aircraft club and they are welcoming and also fly fpv

Avoid peak football practice times on weekdays and Sunday am

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Co-ordinates: 53.51841, -1.073592 • what3words: ///funded.waving.crazy

Torrisholme Barrow (By Doodler)

The style to get over and onto the barrow is at ///lime.text.admiral
You can sometimes park there but it's better (for the residents) if you park along Slyne Road, somewhere along the stretch at ///tend.zones.rabble and walk up the hill to the style.
At the top of the barrow is a triangulation point and at this time of the year (Easter) it's the focus of local churches who put up a cross on the top.
Various well-worn footpaths including one straight from the style to the stone.
Fantastic views on a lovely day of Morecambe bay & the Lakes

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Co-ordinates: 54.07126, -2.827089 • what3words: ///pest.called.kings


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