Lots of ac­tiv­ity...

Pilot - - AIRFIELD PROFILE -

Dunkeswell is sit­u­ated on the top of the Black­down Hills, vir­tu­ally strad­dling the Devon/som­er­set bor­der. It is an area rich in avi­a­tion her­itage as well as al­most ev­ery kind of modern-day avi­a­tion. Few places in the South-west of­fer such a va­ri­ety of op­tions to the as­pir­ing flyer or thrill-seeker. Schools at Dunkeswell cater for con­ven­tional fly­ing, mi­cro­lights, mo­tor glid­ers, tail­wheel fly­ing and sky­div­ing, and there’s a pop­u­lar glid­ing club across the road at North Hill. A cou­ple of miles away there are even more air­borne pos­si­bil­i­ties - with paraglid­ing and large model fly­ing both ac­tive at the ‘dis­used’ WWII air­field at Upot­tery/smeatharpe. So much go­ing on, in fact, that air­borne vis­i­tors in the sum­mer should keep their eyes firmly out­side of the cock­pit and pay close at­ten­tion to No­tam, as it’s not un­com­mon to have parachut­ing, glid­ing, and large model fly­ing all hap­pen­ing along­side GA at the same time and in a rea­son­ably con­fined area. Cir­cuits at Dunkeswell are flown to the south to avoid con­flict with the North Hill glid­ers - their field be­ing in­side the Dunkeswell ATZ.

For those want­ing to find out more his­tory of the area, a new Her­itage Mu­seum was es­tab­lished at Dunkeswell last year, which can be eas­ily reached by sim­ply walk­ing a few yards round from the café.

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