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A small grass covered hill that forms the middle of a short ridge. Actually known as sail knowe, west hill it's self is further along the ridge and can be flown in a westerly. owner Mr.Telford, Fawdon farm, Powburn Northumberland NE66 4JD. Tel 01665578255 Ordnance Survey sheet 81, Landranger Series 1:50000 Alnwick & Rothbury

Location Info:

Grid Reference: NU 026 155

OS Map: Landranger 75

Wind

West to Northwesterly

Height

817ft amsl

Road Access

Take the A697 to Powburn. Immediately north of Hedgley service station take the left turn into the Breamish valley, go past the caravan site and on to the small hamlet of Branton. Bear right in Branton and after 300 yds continue straight on, signposted no through road, the hill is on the right.

Parking

Continue up the road to the farm, bearing right at the first cottage, drive through the yard and around the back of the large sheds, turn right at top of the track through the gate, follow this track to the brow of the hill, parking on the right. When parking at the top park well back from the edge on the flat area (right side of the track) so your car cannot be seen from either side of the valley. As requested by Mr Telfer, the farmer here. In wet conditions please consider parking at the bottom of the hill by the landing field, do not cause damage by driving vehicles over wet and boggy ground.

Take Off

To get to the ridge involves a short walk, head for the gate between to tree plantation, take off on snail or west hill depending on wind!

Landing

Bottom landing at the foot of snail hill before fawdon burn, Ok for paragliders but tight for hang gliders. There is a larger field across the burn but this slopes uphill! Top landing is possible with practice, also landing near the parking area is possible but beware you have to clear the power lines and trees.

Flying

Snail hill has a steep west north west facing slope which offers good soaring, West hill offers flying in a more westerly direction. In strong winds it's possible to launch from the col between Snail and West hill.

Hazards

If top landing take care because the area is small and it's possible to get blown back in strong winds. If flying back to the cars make sure you have enough height to clear the trees and power lines, site conditions can change quite quickly as wind strength increases

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