The Wrekin NW

 
Status: The Wrekin (NW) is open to LMSC members only
(temporary guest membership can be obtained by contacting any committee member).
Grid ref: SJ628081
Latitude: 52.6667° (52° 40′ 0″ N)
Longitude: -2.55° (2° 33′ 0″ W)
HG rating: CP + 25 hours (A CP with less than 25 hours may still fly so long as they receive an onsite briefing from a coach or instructor for each visit)
PG rating: CP + 25 hours (A CP with less than 25 hours may still fly so long as they receive an onsite briefing from a coach or instructor for each visit)
Takes wind: 295 ° – 350 ° (WNW – NNW)
Location: [maps.google.co.uk]
Maps: 1:50000 136 or Explorer 215
<wrekin_landingsites_detailBlue arrows = take-off areas
Green triangles = landing fields
Thick red line = power lines (note: not all power lines are shown)
Red oblong = gates
P = parking
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Wrekin Power linesPower lines near landing fields

SENSITIVITY

This site is popular with the public, be especially careful not to put anyone at risk e.g. with poor launches or top landings. Walkers dogs are frequently not on leads, try to ensure none can get caught in your lines. If it is busy wait till it is clear to launch then bottom land. We may not leave vehicles at the top, however a single 4×4 may ferry equipment/pilots up and then be returned to the halfway house – see notes below.

ACCESS

M54 junction 7, turn South. At 0.8 miles, close to a ‘T’ junction, the access track climbs off to the right. Parking is in the Wrekin or Ercall car parks or the (now much reduced) roadside parking. Traffic wardens regularly ticket those parking over the double yellow lines. It is ok to take a 4×4 vehicle up to the entrance to the TV mast,  drop your kit off, and return the vehicle  to the Halfway House and park the said vehicle  on the left hand side of the gate (looking up the Wrekin) – do not leave a vehicle anywhere on top of the hill, the Halfway House is the ONLY place where we have permission to leave a vehicle on the hill.

SPECTATORS AND THE PUBLIC

The Wrekin is a popular walking spot for the public and can be busy, please respect this and launch and fly sensibly. Take care not to be dragged back into the path of spectators and do not attempt to top land if people are in the way.

NB

It is recommended your first visit, at least, is with someone suitably experienced in flying the site in different conditions.

FLYING

  • T/O altitude 1335 ft AMSL
  • Top to bottom 830 ft (SE side less at 580 ft)
  • Take-off: Take off from the ‘lip’ in strong conditions. Trees to the right of launch can play a major part in giving a false wind direction & anything N of NW could result in rotor/turbulence.
  • Top landing: not advisable. Note the NW rotor marked on the map. Be especially careful to avoid members of the public and dogs if you attempt it. If your chosen landing area is busy then rather keep soaring or bottom land – its not acceptable to yell to people to move out of your way in preparing to top land nor to land close to members of the public.
  • Bottom landing: see below
  • No paramotors allowed.
  • No dogs allowed.

AIRSPACE

There is significant airspace (MATZs/ATZs/Drop Zone) in front of the Wrekin. Check your airspace map carefully before going XC.

BOTTOM LANDING

PG

The NW PG bottom landing options cannot be seen from launch. In some conditions, especially if the wind has some North in it, it might not be possible to make the official fields. Be especially careful not to be caught out – there is a significant amount of forest to pass over! If in doubt, head out early to clear the forest!

There are two official options; it is strongly advised that you familiarize yourself with these fields before flying for your own safety:

1) The field further to the right of the rifle range (i.e. not adjacent) as indicated on the map can be used, but ONLY if there are no horses in it. Please check before flying. This field has a power line within it. NOTE: MARCH 2022 – THIS FIELD WILL LIKELY BE DEVELOPED FOR PARKING. DO NOT USE IF YOU SEE ANY WORK STARTING ON THIS!

2)  The Firing Range which is currently inactive. This field is narrow and has one metre high banks across it which can be obscured if the grass is long. NB: the banks have deep holes at regular intervals into which the riflemen would lower themselves, take care to avoid these holes (and banks) when landing and when walking over the field.

HG

There is one official NW HG field (see the map above) – please do not use if the field is ploughed and beware of the power line.

SITE RECORD

Neil Roberts, 30.08.2003, 168.1km to Vernham Dean. PG.

WARNING

Fields not marked ‘HG’ slope steeply. An up-slope/down wind landing is the only practical method for HG in an emergency.

SITE RULES

  • Pilots must be current LMSC members.
  • Pilots must be licensed and insured members of the BHPA.
  • All members shall observe the Countryside Code, in particular in relation to property and livestock. No livestock are to be frightened or stampeded by fliers.
  • No dogs
  • Any damage to be reported to the Estate Office (Tel 01743 232477) immediately. Farmers will be compensated for damage to crops or livestock, plus costs, if appropriate.

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