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Beacon Hill
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:30:38 AM »
Have a chance to escape today to go sloping. Beacon Hill looks a likely venue, but I have never flown there before.
I have only recently got back into sloping and only have a EGlider to play with. Soooo is it worth the trip, or is there somewhere better I could go within an hour or so's drive?
I live Bracknell area.
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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 13:31:58 PM »
Beacon Hill is a fantastic slope but a bit of a slog and can be quite slippery if damp under foot.

Don't leave anything in your car. The carpark is very secluded.

Not too many options out your way.

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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 18:18:35 PM »
Well I went anyway and was rewarded with a lovely afternoons soaring. You were spot on about it being slippery as I went A over T on the way down. Nothing damaged bar a bruised bum. ^-^
Whilst flying I had the pleasure of having Red Kites joining in with me. Started with just one but ended up with six.They followed me in line astern for about 10 minutes....so I showed them what I could do. (didn't take the whole 10 mins this bit). They seemed underwhelmed. I then followed them and they showed me how far the lift band went round the corner. Ended up walking round to the right of Lord Canarvons(sp) Grave where there was a narrow but good band of lift.
Eyes got sore staring into the low sun for 3 hours, despite good sunnies.


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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 21:59:52 PM »
Yep, been there, done that...... the falling over that is :embarassed:

How did you find the landing? The curl over can be wicked, despite it being such a large flat area. The NE slope can be good as well.

Living Bracknell, are you a TVSF member? We fly comps up there.

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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 22:58:06 PM »
Yup TVSF member, flew the Fri eve E-soaring comps this year.
Didnt have any nasty moments with the curlover...thought I'd save that til next time :ev


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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 23:10:13 PM »
Have a chance to escape today to go sloping. Beacon Hill looks a likely venue, but I have never flown there before.
I have only recently got back into sloping and only have a EGlider to play with. Soooo is it worth the trip, or is there somewhere better I could go within an hour or so's drive?
I live Bracknell area.
Gordon

Hi!

I live near Egham and often go to Chobham Common, it's best to bungee up (unless you model is powered obviously!) it's more of a thermal site, having said that with a good SW wind you can soar near to the bit that juts out!
Other places near (ish) by would be Colley Hill, Box Hill, Denbies Hill .......... silly question but have you checked out SlopeHunter on the web?

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Re: Beacon Hill
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 23:31:37 PM »
Martin
Am familiar with SlopeHunter. Just working my way through the list as I am on the road with my job.
Any one familiar with Liddington as I have work in the Swindon area coming up :af which can be saved til a day with the wind is going the right way. :xx


 

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