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Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« on: May 23, 2010, 20:41:56 PM »
Next weekend I'm staying at a campsite near Tavistock,  and I'm hoping to take a couple of gliders with me.  I'll probably stick a flying wing in the rucksack each day and fly when I see a chance.  Although, in the evenings I was hoping to fly my Synergy, possibly from Cox Tor as it's close by.  Can anyone advise me on where best to launch, wind direction etc..

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2010, 23:18:53 PM »
Don't know anythingn about Cox tour but Stan Yeo from Phoenix models has this review on his website

"Black Hill, Nr Haytor Rock Dartmoor.

As I live in Devon I thought I better include one of my local sites otherwise someone might accuse me betraying other flyers haunts but keeping my own to myself! Black Hill can be found on Ordnance Survey Map 191 north of Bovey Tracy and south west of Manaton. The site is best approached from Bovey Tracy. Follow the signs for Haytor Rock and when you can see the rock after the 2 - 3 mile climb turn sharp right at some cottages and follow the road for about a mile. Black Hill is over you left shoulder. If you make contact with the cattle grid reverse up the road a hundred yards or so. It is not a very big hill, 250 to 300 feet and can only cope with winds from North to East. There is a bit of a climb to get to the top from the road and when the wind is from the east it is one of those hills that leaves you undecided as to where is the best place to fly from as the gradient slackens towards the summit. It is also a bit of a frustrating hill as quite often there can be a decent breeze but the lift is poor yet on other occasions there can only be a nominal breeze and yet the lift is excellent.

Summary: Ideal on balmy summer evenings for practising landing approaches and learning to fly towards yourself with 2 metre floaters. Again another site worth visiting if you are in the area."

Hope this helps? Either way, hope you get a fly in somewhere.
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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2010, 23:21:23 PM »
Black Hill is hard to know where fly from. It's round and the wind goes round it. Nice view though!


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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2010, 23:45:39 PM »
I have flown Black Hill too, it's OK but not great. Never done Cox Tor (yet), sorry.

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2010, 08:54:59 AM »
There are some other slopes. Get in touch with the guys at the Dartmoor soaring club. You can contact them via their website.

http://www.dssc.org.uk/



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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010, 15:49:05 PM »
Thanks all for your input  :af Black Hill sounds ok, but I think after a long days hiking I will probably want to just head to the nearest big hill (Cox Tor).  I think itís only a 15 minute walk from the car park next to the main road. 

Iíll see what happens, and give a rough account of the place next week  :xx

Rob.

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010, 16:22:18 PM »
Hi Rob,

I've flown from Cox Tor a number of times since my parents used to live near Totnes in South Devon. The Dartmoor 2-day cross-country event is still held there every year on 1st weekend in July.

You can park in the car park on the main road, or drive down the hill towards Tavistock from the main car park and take a track on the right. You will drive across a cattle grid and past some barns etc. Park off the road there and then climb to the top. There's a trig point right on the top and also a flat area near the top for landing that's free  of rocks.

The site is a big lift site and works well in many wind directions with a lot of thermal activity too when the weather is appropriate. From memory South West around to West are the best directions. You can do long cross-countries from Cox on to Roos and Staple Tors using thermals and ridge lift. In those days I used to fly Multiplex Alpinas and Algebra VIIIs.

To the North West you can see Brent Tor and Dartmoor gliding club. You may see them winch launching in the distance (probably weekend only).

I've also flown Black Hill many times best wind direction is North around to Easterly. The best conditions I've encountered there is when the wind is light with thermals coming through. The locals will fly here in an North to Easterly.

If you want any further information pm me.

Robert.
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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2010, 20:58:15 PM »
I use to fly cox tor a lot. At it's best from a SW round to NW, N at a push.

Forget the main car park. Drive the narrow road that runs along the west. Theres a bit of a grass ramp oposite the barn for the SW slope.Carry on to just before the road dives down hill and pull over on the grass to fly the West round to NW. Park just beyond the point the road dives to walk up to the N slope.

On the W to NW slopes there a few points that you can fly from up the hill. For your wing you wont need to walk to the top. Just be mindful of frequency control if you dont fly from the top and others might be.

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2010, 09:12:40 AM »
Thanks Robert and Si, for your great advise, Iíll certainly be following your directions.  Wow - It sounds really good and  I canít wait to go   :)  :af

Thanks
Rob.


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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2010, 19:29:03 PM »
Hi,

I've flown a EPP wing there a few times with winds from SW - NW.  Take the Godsworthy track on the LHS, 1km up the road past the campsite (Lower Longford on RHS coming up from Tavy).  Park respectfully.  The Tor has various terraces to use and with a good W wind it's fun to launch after a walk up the Tor and then walk down to the car and fly / land there.  The local buzzards and corvids also join in.

Rocky in places but Have fun.

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 07:04:45 AM »
Used to fly it when I lived in Plymouth - big expansive cross country type face down towards Tavistock works well - Sharpy Tor was another one we used  :af

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Re: Cox Tor Dartmoor, any good?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2010, 21:07:54 PM »
Cool  :)


 

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