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Henstridge to Devizes

PostPosted:Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:01 pm
by G-BLEW
I've just looked at my GPS logbook. It took me twenty four minutes to fly between Henstridge and the strip at Lydeway (near Devizes) today. It would usually take a bit less, but with a nice bit of sunshine and my camera handy I took a few pictures along the way. It's amazing what you can see in 24 minutes...

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OK, it's nothing like New England, but the autumnal gold is still dripping from the trees


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Alfred's Tower, I have flown over it hundreds of times, I really must get around to visiting on foot one day


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A few miles from Alfred's Tower is Longleat - Gorilla Island is top right


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Cars queuing up to be re-modeled by monkeys. Longleat looked pretty busy, the combination of good weather and half term I guess.


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Westbury's White Horse - the local cement factory provided an excellent landmark, but now that's closed the White Horse will have to do.


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The pond in Devizes is called the Crammer, some say it's the origin of the Moonraker legend


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Devizes Tennis club, but tucked away bottom left is the Wiltshire Police Helicopter


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...and finally, Devizes Castle now divided into a few homes

It was a great day for flying, only wish I could have flown for longer...

PostPosted:Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:20 pm
by AndyR
Lovely photographs :D


Alfred's Tower, I have flown over it hundreds of times, I really must get around to visiting on foot one day


Well worth it.

Re: Henstridge to Devizes

PostPosted:Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:42 pm
by Rob L
Nice. Lovely autumnal colours. A local bimble has all the requisites for a good trip report, as does a long trip.

Alfred's Tower...is that not the one that is converted to a residence?

PostPosted:Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:46 pm
by AndyR
Rob L wrote:
Alfred's Tower...is that not the one that is converted to a residence?



According to the National Trust website it is still open to all.

Re: Henstridge to Devizes

PostPosted:Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:56 pm
by MichaelP
Another brilliant set of pictures.
We should all appreciate where we are and the privilege we have to see it from above.
I miss England.

PostPosted:Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:28 am
by Steven Day
Lovely shots. But don't you normally migrate south - reverse route - for winter? ;)

Re: Henstridge to Devizes

PostPosted:Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:06 am
by Flyin'Dutch'
Nice pics.

Have to dust off the ol' headset.

PostPosted:Fri Oct 29, 2010 6:38 pm
by PaulB
Flyin'Dutch' wrote:Nice pics.

Have to dust off the ol' headset.


Lovely pics... I must try harder!


FD, what are you flying, these days?

P.

PostPosted:Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:22 pm
by Iceman
Great pictures G-BLEW. The driveway to Longleat House made for an interesting runway during the Red Bull air races. I have flown over Longleat many times, and everytime, the thought goes through my mind that a forced landing into the lion or monkey enclosures would not be a good idea :lol:

Iceman 8)

PostPosted:Thu Nov 04, 2010 9:01 pm
by Lefty
G BLEW, is that your strip south of the B3098 and east of the village of Urchfont? I thought you had a hangar on yours?

PostPosted:Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:32 pm
by G-BLEW
G BLEW, is that your strip south of the B3098 and east of the village of Urchfont? I thought you had a hangar on yours?


No, that's Urchfont. Lydeway is a mile or so further north, just (yards) north of the railway line. There's no hangar, although there is a small mobile clubhouse.

Ian

PostPosted:Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:28 pm
by cirrostratus
Great Photos........... had always thought that Devizes only had two claims to fame......... Wadworths and the Caen Hill flight on the K & A.

PostPosted:Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:23 pm
by Flyin'Dutch'
PaulB wrote:
Q: FD, what are you flying, these days?

P.


A: Not enough!

:D

DR400 and Cirrus SR22 both from Turweston when I have time.

PostPosted:Tue Nov 09, 2010 7:59 pm
by Lefty
G-BLEW wrote:
G BLEW, is that your strip south of the B3098 and east of the village of Urchfont? I thought you had a hangar on yours?


No, that's Urchfont. Lydeway is a mile or so further north, just (yards) north of the railway line. There's no hangar, although there is a small mobile clubhouse.

Ian


Thanks -[ spotted it. Of course I could have been smart and looked at Navbox - there it is staring at me.
Looks great, plenty of space - when are you having the open day?

Re: Henstridge to Devizes

PostPosted:Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:12 pm
by Capt Edmund
Nice pictures there. I haev a very similar one of Longleat taken from about 1000 ft AGL with a C130J coming in the opposite direction at a much lesser height.