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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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TSS Duke of Lancaster (By kvetner)

You can park for free at Abakhan Fabrics, where there is a cafe and public toilets. Footpaths run down to the shore on either side of a water channel, these are both public footpaths. Fly from the footpath or the shore (the east footpath leads to better clear space for take-off and landing). Hazards: pedestrians using the paths, a railway line, and various overhead cables.

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Wheal Prosper tin mine (By lee)

public car park 1/4 mile from mine, very easy access

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Cambusnethan Priory (By JoeC)

There's a car park on Castlehill Road. Unless you have a 4x4, I'd park there and walk down to the Priory... I tried to drive down in a Yaris and got stuck in one of the potholes! This

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Warrington Transporter Bridge (By kvetner)

I parked at Warrington Animal Welfare, postcode WA1 1NA. From there, follow a footpath south-west to the edge of a farmer's field, there is good space here for take-off and landing. You can continue on the path down to the river bank and along to the right to maintain VLOS, but note that the industrial areas east and west of the bridge may be counted as a "congested area".

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Runnymede Pleasure Ground (By CaptainAdrona)

No council bylaws present restricting the use of drones or model aircrafts. This park is does not fall under the National Trust either. From the planning document: Runnymede Pleasure Grounds (RPG) is a public open space on the banks of the River Thames, mid-way between Egham and Old Windsor. It is held by the Council as Trustee and the Trustee function is delegated to the Community Services Committee. As mentioned in the warning, this park can get busy, especially on weekends. Would err on the side of caution flying here.

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Newlands Park Campus & Chiltern Open Air Museum (By Lozzer)

Abandoned University campus currently under construction

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Broadmarsh Coastal Park, Havant, Hants (By macspite)

2 metre height restricted car park. Plenty of space. Langstone Harbour to the south, quay where dredgers discharge to the north. Don't overfly the electricity main substation. To the east is Budd's Farm sewage works. Best flown when the wind is blowing from the west or south west.

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Halls Hill, (South Downs Way) Buriton, Hants (By macspite)

The marker shows the car park, with space for around twenty cars. It has a height barrier set at 2 metres. On a Tuesday afternoon in winter it was still populated with three or four cars. The area is part of the South Downs Way and is popular with walkers and bike riders. It offers similar scenery to the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Country Park which is, unlike this, not free to park (£6/day). Although it is possible to fly from the car park the only way to keep line of site is to fly straight upwards (as I did for the pano that can be seen on Grey Arrows). It is, however, a useful place to stop to access the South Downs Way and open countryside

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Quantock Hills (By McSteamy2010)

Free parking on site, various different locations. Amazing scenic walks for the whole family and perfect for the drone.

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Knowlton Church and Earth Works (By AprilCoon)

There is very limited parking, only about 4 or 5 cars as there is just a lay-by on the narrow lane

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