Map:

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Site Status:

This site is Open


Location Info:

Grid Reference :: NT 313270
OS Landranger :: 73; Peebles, Galashiels and Selkirk
Latitude :: 55.53230
Longitude :: -3.08900


Wind

Direction :: SW - W
Best Direction :: WSW


Height

ASL :: 1781ft, 543m
Top to Bottom :: 800ft, 300m


Road Access

A708 Selkirk to St Marys Loch. After approximately 13 miles turn north just before the Gordon Arms onto the B709 towards Innerleithen.
Follow road for approximately 1 - 1.5 miles and park in layby by burn near obvious bowl on the hill.


Parking:

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In obvious layby off the B709 by the Mountbenger Burn


Take-Off:

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Walk up hillside following rough track from parking area.
Take off will depend on wind direction


Landing:

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Top or slope landing.
Bottom landing is by parking area.
Beware of cars on the road!


Flying:

Interesting site that is best flown when wind is generally coming out of the west.
Both sides of the obvious bowl can be flown and XC's are possible to Selkirk and into the Tweed Valley towards Kelso.
General track is to follow the Yarrow Valley east utilising thermals from Newark Hill and Foulshiels heading for Selkirk and then into the Tweed Valley


Hazards:

Check NOTAM, CANP essential if flying mid week since this area is used for low flying exercises by military fast jets.
Bottom landing area at base of hill is small and narrow and may be turbulent in strong W winds.
If in doubt head south along the B709 to land in the Yarrow Valley.


Notes:

DO NOT use during lambing season - late March to late May.


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