Chalton

Summary
An east facing hill overlooking a railway line with restricted top and bottom landing areas that make this more suited to Paragliders. The site is a short walk with limited roadside parking. There is no farmer imposed restrictions on numbers but is only available from February through September. Should provide cross country potential and being our most easterly Paragliding site enjoys therefore the greatest distance before airspace restrictions are encountered. There is no bowl like Whitewool and Mercury so takes less north.

Grid Ref SU 734 151 Sheet 197
Height ASL 144m (472ft) Top to Bottom 250ft
Wind Direction 45 – 100 deg Best 90 deg
Pilot Grade CP + 10
Contact Andrew and Trish Fisk, Heberdens Farm
Nearest Phone Chalton Village
ACCESS From the A3 turn off at the signpost to Chalton. In the village take the left fork before the pub. This takes you down to the bottom of the hill. Follow it along till you are almost at the footpath. Park off the road in any of the small parking areas clear of traffic. Walk to the footpath that leads UNDER the train tracks and back up the hill.
PARKING Any small parking space on the bottom line.
TAKE OFF Any area free of scrub. The best area is on the south end of the slope.
LANDING Bottom landing field is available when not in crop. If in doubt ask at the farm.
HAZARDS Railway line immediately in front and forming the lower slope boundary.
Power lines to the south cutting across the hill.

This is a tricky hill with a lot of scrub to put your wing in. It is probably not suitable for light wind days.

The north end of the ridge seems to be quite rough at times.

RULES
  1. A  briefing is advisable from a pilot that has flown Chalton
  2. If the bottom landing is closed then this site is not suitable for hang-gliders. Paragliders must have minimum C.P. plus 10 hours.
  3. The site is closed from October through to January inclusive.
  4. There is no site fee, however, please text RJ Macaulay (the site supervisor) with the numbers of people flown every time. I need this information for the farmer. 07503 733557
  5. Please do not overfly the horses to the north of the hill.
CONSIDER Pilots with less than C.P. plus 10 hours may find Whitewool or Mercury more suitable.

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XC’s from Chalton

Chalton is further from airspace and is always uncrowded – you can more or less have the hill to yourself!

Leaving the hill

Thermals come up all over the slope though being fairly low you require a pretty committed climb to get away. Thermals frequently seem to leave the hill to the North and South ends of the slope.

First XC’s

Once you climb out you can head downwind over Clanfield and down into the corner of airspace. The flight shown below is 25km.

xc chalton

For the more adventurous

As with Whitewool and Mercury it is tempting to think that it may be possible to clear Southampton airspace to the north if the wind heads south while flying.

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