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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.

Land owner permission not required.

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

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Wooden Bridge, Bibury (By Barry7)

This is a lovely fully wooden bridge, in a lovely little village with trout farm and cafe plus nice hotel with great food.
However, it is covered by Brize Norton as a red area, and the small area of grass/meadowland on opposite side of river from road is NT land ( posters stating No Drones, ring police etc ) are posted on that side of river? I only found them after i had already finished my short flight down river to bridge, however no one paid me any attention and i made sure as usual i followed all rules with regard to distance from people and animals

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 51.76033, -1.83514 • what3words: ///outdoors.shrubbery.thirsty

Cirencester Bowling Club (By Barry7)

Small Bowling club in Town Centre, friendly welcoming people who allowed me to watch and take photos with drone. permission needed from players but granted easily. parking in public car park next to club, pay by card or use parking app.
town centre busy so care needed for time you plan to fly, 250gm drones maybe better for flying here

Land owner permission obtained.

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Co-ordinates: 51.71567, -1.968592 • what3words: ///automatic.remainder.glades

Pode Hall Quarry, Eye Green, Peterborough (By DroneGeek)

Parked in Willow Hall Lane, which is not restricted. This is just off the A47.

From here two or three quarries can be seen.

Just be aware of pylons running close to the road.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 52.61341, -0.14559 • what3words: ///breath.parading.manual

Criccieth and the Castle (By Edison)

Criccieth is a Welsh seaside resort on the Llŷn Peninsula that is accessible by bus and national rail. It is very hilly and is difficult to navigate with a wheelchair, but people were willing to help when needed.

On a rocky outcrop above the town sits the castle, originally built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd, but was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.

I took off and landed from the roadside at the entrance to the castle on Castle Street. CADW claim to not allow flights over their property but the castle is not open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. ;)

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 52.91695, -4.232414 • what3words: ///intricate.shirts.elder

Pwllheli Harbour (By Edison)

Pwllheli is a typical Welsh seaside resort town, it is accessible by bus and national rail. I took off and landed from the carpark between the railway station and the harbour.

There is a café next to the railway station that does really nice ice cream, but be aware that it closes quite early (can't remember if it was 2pm or 3pm)

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 52.88753, -4.416497 • what3words: ///ringside.marathons.charcoal

Llandudno (By Edison)

Llandudno, the Queen of Welsh resorts, is easily accessible by rail or bus. There are loads of places to get food or drink and many places to stay for those planning to stay longer.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 53.32665, -3.830111 • what3words: ///deaf.spilling.relishes

Alfriston village on the south downs (By grandad1950)

Park by the green, can photograph the green, the village the church etc. Locals were very friendly and some came to see what I was doing

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 50.80656, 0.157236 • what3words: ///assembles.stumpy.thank

Barnby Dun Lift Bridge (By Woody305)

There is a lay-by near where you can park and plenty of places for good TOAL with the ability to keep LOS

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 53.58126, -1.078774 • what3words: ///pollution.crunch.bluff

Portishead Marina, Portishead, Bristol (By Barry7)

At time of flight (early morning) no activity at marina so no permission needed. If you wanted to fly during busy times then I believe asking Harbour Master would be appropriate . Plenty of parking on nearby roads, coffee shops and pub on site, nice pastries from 1 shop. Coastal scenery just along shoreline within 200 yards . Lifeboat station also here.

Land owner permission not required.

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Co-ordinates: 51.4925, -2.756544 • what3words: ///decks.mushroom.obstinate

Green Bridge, Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire (By Drumsagard)

The Green Bridge is a wooden footbridge across the River Avon within Chatelherault Country Park between Hamilton and Larkhall in South Lanarkshire. It is part of a walking route though the park but can also be accessed via a single track road from the B7078 near Larkhall. The single track road ends at a gate at another bridge 260m up river from the Green Bridge where there are room for a few cars. There are also some good TOAL's near this bridge.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 55.74258, -3.991047 • what3words: ///supported.exist.placidly


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