Butser North & North-East Face

NOTE: Pilots must be members of the Sky Surfing Club or one of the clubs the SSC has a Reciprocal Agreement with. Visitors and guests are not permitted.

Summary
A steep slope with faces towards North and Northeast. Works well in both ridge and thermal lift. On the North slope, turbulence can be generated from the lower central tree lined bowl in strong winds and the Northeasterly slope can be shadowed by Pillow Mound in winds over 14 mph with no tolerance of any easterly strength. Good height gains have been enjoyed by paragliders, but down wind cross country is limited by proximity of coast, from which sea breezes can kill flying by mid afternoon.

Grid Ref SU 715 207 Sheet 197
Height ASL 250m (820ft) Top to Bottom 470ft
Wind Direction North 340 – 010 deg
North East 035 – 055 deg
Best O deg
040 deg
Pilot Grade Hang Gliding CP Paragliding CP
Contact Park Centre 023 92595040
Bottom landing B2 & B3, Harroway farm, East Meon B1 (rake meadow) is within the park and always open
Nearest Phone Hogs Lodge (pub)
Park Centre

Butser N NE

ACCESS From the duty car park carry across the top of the hill to the N.E. face, crossing the fence at the hill crown by one of the two styles, and then, by the slile over the fence that cuts across the spur.
RIGGING Back up the slope from the respective take-off.
LANDING Both bottom landing fields B2 and B3 are usually in crop and should be checked out with the farmer before use.
If in doubt use B1 (Rake Meadow) which is always available but this has a fence across the middle which makes it very difficult for Hang-gliders. Paragliders must set up an approach high enough to clear the turbulence which should be expected from the bottom tree line.Retreival by car is north up A3(M), west along then left into Buriton Lane. Side landing for paraglides is possible, but some parts of the slope are extremely steep and subject to rotor from the trees in the wooded bowl.Top Landing, North Slope; for hang-gliders is the lower west spur.
Top Landing, Northeast Slope for Hang-gliders is on the main area to the East but beware of the influence of Pillow Mound. Paragliders can safely undertake front shoulder, and top landings, but beware of possibilities of being dragged back towards Rake Bottom in strong winds when crest compression can be extreme.
HAZARDS Power lines run across the northern end of all bottom landing fields. Rake Bottom must be avoided as sever turbulence can be generated in all conditions.The area behind the wooded bowl (immediately in front of North take-off) can generate sever turbulence extending to over 100 ft above those trees and over halfway back to the fence.
Some paragliders have been bitten so be warned!Only cross this bowl well back up the slope or with more than 150 ft above those trees. Turbulence is also generated from the tree line at the bottom of the slope
RULES
  1. Daily the first person on site checks availability of bottom landing fields B2 and/or B3.
  2. Cross the fence by the style only, even if it means a walk.
  3. This is a small site and easily overcrowded. Capacity is max. 3 hang gliders or 4 paragliders dependant upon conditions. It may be necessary to invoke the half hour rule.
CONSIDER A congested site used also by walkers and aeromodellers. Easily overcrowded and demanding of consideration by all. On a busy day it may require early implementation of the Half Hour Rule.

 

 

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