Chalton (OPEN)

 

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.

 

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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 signpost to Chalton. In village centre park in the EHDC free car park just past the red lion pub. Cross the road and walk through the cemetery past the church. Follow the path until you come to a big field with three paths. Follow the MIDDLE path over the big field and through a gap in a hedge and this will lead to a kissing gate that accesses the top north end of the ridge. Walk along the hill until you get clear of the trees (near the corner formed by two fences). This is launch.
PARKING In the council car park just past the Red Lion pub.
TAKE OFF From the front of the hill in front of the rigging area.
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.
RULES
  1. A  briefing is advisable from a pilot that has flown Chalton
  2. If bottom landing is closed then this site is not suiable for hang-gliders and 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
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.

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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.

Site record

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