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Vandalian Tower, South Harting, Hants added to Monuments in South East by macspite on 01/09/2020

The Vandalian Tower is a monument to failure. Vandalia was a colony planned to thrive in what is now Kentucky but politics prevented its survival. It is rumoured locally that Emma Hamilton would watch for the return of her lover Lord Nelson's fleet from the tower but there must be far better posirions to look out to Spithead and the Solent.

From South Harting head for Chichester on the B2141. Between 1905 and 1924 hill climbs were held regularly at South Harting, I think that this road may have been the one used.
Near the summit is a National Trust car park for Harting Down. There is a discreet noticed that I only saw when leaving saying that you can pay by phone or internet. I haven;t investigated further. Go into the car park as far as you can and go left down toward the road. Park and walk north toward the finger post showing the route of the South Downs Way. Walk left toward the road and cross carefully.

Good walking boots would be useful. You will be walking in an old wood with plenty of fallen branches, leaf mould and fallen whole trees. Stay on the path for around 110 metres and look for the trace of a pathway climbing up through the treesto the open space. It may be an idea to place a marker at the point you emerge from the trees as an easy way to find your way back.

Walk uphill on the mown strip with the fence to your left. There were sheep in the field when I went, dogs aare best left at home. Pick a spot for TOAL and make sure the home is properly recorded at the start of the mission, you are operating fairly close to trees.

Uppark House and some of the land to the west of the tower is National Trust - the tower area is NOT!

The tower is a shadow of its former self and, although you can get low over and into it it's the views of the Hampshire and West Sussex countryside that makes this agood place to fly.

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Co-ordinates: 50.95855, -0.882922 • what3words: ///composer.grapevine.bidder

The originator declared that this location was not inside a Flight Restriction Zone at the time of being flown on 01/09/2020. It remains the responsibility of any pilot to check for any changes before flying at the same location.

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Pitsford Reservoir (By Acedrone)

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

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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)

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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

Calshot (By Nic)

Area is covered by Crown foreshore for TOAL. Nice spit with a small castle. Nearby marsh land and Fawley delelict power station. Lots of water sports and boats coming and going.

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Co-ordinates: 50.81549, -1.308413 • what3words: ///rejoined.routine.activism


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