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River Thames from Gravesend added to Rivers and Canals in South East by grandad1950 on 02/09/2023

Easy parking and lots of space to TOAL. Quite a lot of river traffic, police boats, big ships, pilot cutters etc to photograph. Well worth hanging around for a while to see what turns up. The locals were very friendly.

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Co-ordinates: 51.444, 0.380268 • what3words: ///bounty.dined.causes

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 28/08/2023. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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River Wear at Hylton (By mollin)

This is really a 2-part location, with Hylton Viaduct as the separation line; with each part accessed from the same starting point.

Parking at W3W: ///served.only.live (or across the road in the other car park…) is free.

The car park is next to the burnt-out shell of the Golden Lion pub. You will also find the old ferry tethering post, and a small boat with a large rock in it, next to the car park.

If you don't have a car, South Hylton metro station is only about 500m away.

Other Points of Interest (POIs)
The Wear Hopper 36 is at W3W: ///party.reap.jabs
The Shipwrights pub is at W3W: ///then.horses.gifted

TOAL from W3W: ///arrow.drank.closed, or follow the public footpath further along the river bank and choose a spot to your liking.

The 2 anchors are at W3W: ///economies.prices.study – they lie either side of a path through the trees near the Golden Lion.

Hylton Viaduct is at W3W: ///storms.length.mole

There is a public footpath that goes under the bridge. Follow this path and you will come to the wreck of the Elegant II near the river bank. The last part of this short walk can be wet and muddy, wear appropriate footwear.

A useful TOAL spot is at W3W: ///curiosity.trim.swim – this gives line of sight to both the Elegant II and the viaduct.

For all POIs, watch out for birds and other wildlife.
Enjoy!

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Co-ordinates: 54.90495, -1.456158 • what3words: ///oils.indoor.cotton

Whitrope Heritage Centre (By paulburgh)

It is a heritage with a few trains - kinda cool.

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Co-ordinates: 55.29371, -2.748002 • what3words: ///wipes.tomorrow.daredevil

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rocks (By AlbionDrones)

Decent sized car park, which gets busy, but superb views over the waterfall and great VLOS over the water to Kilt Rocks.

No anti-drone signage and on a clear day excellent views, be warned though, when windy the waterfall flows upwards.

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Co-ordinates: 57.61092, -6.172351 • what3words: ///named.existence.dolphins

Seilebost and Luskentyre Beaches, Isle of Harris (By AlbionDrones)

.If you get the weather - and we did - then the Isles of Lewis and Harris are among the most beautiful places in the world, and the beaches of Luskentyre and Seilebost are truly outstanding...

Park at the Old School Car Park - free - and walk to the beach - bewars Ticks as the fields are sheep infested...

Log ranging views, which I don't feel I did particular justice to as we were with friends and I didnt want to delay folks too much, I need to return here for a longer stay...

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Co-ordinates: 57.86892, -6.953348 • what3words: ///chaos.rushed.column

Wardlow Quarry (By Grockerman)

Parking is conveniently available near the site. I embarked from a public footpath that circles the quarry's edge. As the quarry is operational, it's important to be cautious. Nonetheless, the weather was delightful, and I enjoyed some breathtaking views.

https://w3w.co/blueberry.unzipped.shadowed

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Co-ordinates: 53.02616, -1.879577 • what3words: ///reliving.quantity.zealous

Barnham mill (By grandad1950)

An old mill that is now a residential building. Tricky TOAL from a small car park by the shops with lots of telephone wires overhead. Try it if you like a challenge

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Co-ordinates: 50.82703, -0.627404 • what3words: ///bumpy.punk.random

Cliffs of Arbroath (By dansdrone)

This is tricky, be prepared not to fly depending on conditions and if you're using something other than a mini, the area for TOAL to comply with SSSI is not massive so people could be nearby. I was able to get there first thing in the morning in November, so nobody was around.

To fly at the cliffs but avoid the SSSI and/or hikers, note the small gap in the SSSI near the carpark. I set up at the end of that gap, flew through the gap out to open water. That was my passageway each time. I'm not sure if that was being overly cautious, but seemed like a good idea. I also did not overfly the cliffs at any point. With that being said, I had no issues.

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Co-ordinates: 56.56017, -2.557476 • what3words: ///daring.vocab.spit

Cuilin Views, Elgol, Isle of Skye (By AlbionDrones)

Perhaps the most iconic Skye view of the Cuillins, Loch Scavaig, and the Small Isles - Rum, Eigg and Canna - from the remote village of Elgol, a classic photographic spot reimagined with the DJI Air3.

Taken on our last full day on Skye, as the weather was beginning to break - 25 mins later we were dodging the rain - but still the landscape was looking gorgeous.

The foreshore has an SSSI for fossils, but there are no restrictions for drone flying nor at the Car Parking area, which is where I flew from.

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Co-ordinates: 57.14569, -6.106949 • what3words: ///spines.trending.fraction

Glen Shiel Waterfall and Bridge (By dansdrone)

Beautiful view of the River Shiel and stone bridge that I couldn't quite figure out the purpose of - doesn't seem to go anywhere of note. Easy to get more than 50 meters from car park and able to maintain that separation from road with no problem. November flight outside of the restricted hours for RAF Low Flying.

Kept drone flight low and very close given proximity to road, and only flown when no other cars were parked in the car park. A little ways back down the road, there is a trailhead for hikers but again keeping the drone low and very close made this a non-issue.

GREAT for shots where you have a foreground element (a small hill, or the bridge, or a tree) that the drone can move around/focus on, with a gorgeous background in the shot.

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Co-ordinates: 57.16588, -5.325561 • what3words: ///firelight.noses.chaos

Cotter Force, Richmond (By D0c.Col)

The Falls and Cotterdale Beck.

Cotter Force is a small waterfall on Cotterdale Beck, a minor tributary of the River Ure, near the mouth of Cotterdale, a side dale in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England. Cotterdale Beck has several other smaller falls in its course before joining the Ure, but Cotter Force is the largest. The force is not visible from the road, but it takes only a short walk to reach it. It comprises a series of six steps each its own small waterfall with the largest single drop being about 5 feet (1.5 m). The force is narrower at 13 feet (4 m) at the top widening to 43 feet (13 m) at the bottom.[4] A short path allows easy access from the A684 near Holme Heads Bridge approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Hawes. After the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust carried out an upgrade to its footpath, Cotter Force is now accessible to wheelchair users and less mobile visitors and a small layby is right next to a sign adjacent to the path from the road.

Be aware, that if you want to get close to the action there is a lot of small branches to negotiate!

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Co-ordinates: 54.32284, -2.234763 • what3words: ///adapt.additives.chemistry


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