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Manchester Ship Canal near Trafford Centre added to Rivers and Canals in North West by kvetner on 28/05/2020

Parking is available on Old Barton Road (M41 7LF), the abandoned road leads west along the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. Alternatively, parking may be available at Chill Factore, there is then a walking route along the roads towards the David Lloyd tennis centre.

There are a couple of spots between the old highway and the ship canal to fly from. The old highway itself is used by walkers and cyclists.

Hazards: there is housing to the north of the Ship Canal, and the David Lloyd centre nearby. There is a large area of (inaccessible) waste ground between this spot and Trafford Park where a safe separation distance can be maintained from buildings.

At the time of writing, Barton City Airport accept applications for drone flight permission via an online form; permission is easier during evenings or very early morning when the aerodrome is not in regular use.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 53.47134, -2.359411 • what3words: ///punt.spin.talked

The originator declared that this location was inside a flight restriction zone at the time of being flown. Permission to fly was obtained from Barton City Airport. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Coniston Water (By Sparkyws)

Parking at Coniston Boating Centre, £3.00 for 2 hours

https://goo.gl/maps/49CXCvu196jXKa1E6

https://w3w.co/vocal.latches.lighters

Walk down to the waters edge the head east, follow the path till you come to the B5285, turn left and a few hundred yards you can TOAL from the side of the lake at the pin drop. You may find other locations along this way

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 54.3699, -3.059419 • what3words: ///muscular.realm.banana

Tarn Hows (By Sparkyws)

I walked Tom Gill waterfall from the car park at Glen Mary Bridge Car Park
https://goo.gl/maps/h5jBrSmJYqrHwj558
https://w3w.co/collect.airfields.lump
This is a very steep and uneven climb, there is a car park at Tarn Hows
https://goo.gl/maps/i2aiVVwNvNtZFg7L7
https://w3w.co/milky.flocking.princes

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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Co-ordinates: 54.38811, -3.034664 • what3words: ///melts.column.gave

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,

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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

Land owner permission not required.

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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.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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.

Land owner permission requirements unknown.

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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


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