Bald Hill

Soar with kites, buzzards, falcons and hawks at this site . I've only visited it once so far, and counted eleven birds of prey thermalling there! Small launch area and be careful laying out your wing as there are lots of small exposed roots that can easily snag your lines on take-off. Only a small area to soar, but can be very thermic. Restricted top landing and slope landing with cables at base of hill! Bottom landing must be approached with caution.

Park in car park at Cowleaze Wood SU 726 957. Turn right out of car park and walk 20 yards then turn left up track . About 40 yards up track turn left across field. Turn right and follow ridge along until you come to a bench. The take-off area is then obvious to the left of the trees. Take care not to damage fences although this goes without saying.

We have a verbal agreement to test this site for suitability, but although seldom used, this has not presented any problems with English Nature. As with all our sites , please treat with respect.


Ordnance survey Map : Explorer 3 Chiltern Hills South SU 723 962

Wind Directions: West - South-west

Height above sea level: 740ft. Top to bottom height 200 ft.

Cross country potential: Class G to 4500 ft. Restricted distance . None to date.

Best height gain: 560 ft .

Pilot level: Intermediate-Experienced