Map:

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Site Status:

This site is Open


Location Info:

Grid Reference :: NT 400286
OS Landranger :: 73; Peebles, Galashiels and Selkirk
Latitude :: 55.54800
Longitude :: -2.95180


Wind

Direction :: W, NW; 260 - 285degs
Best Direction :: W


Height

ASL :: 1440ft, 440m
Top to Bottom :: 780ft, 200m


Road Access

A708 Selkirk to Moffat road aproximately 4.5miles west of Selkirk and just west of the village of Yarrowford. Take the single track road at the end of the long straight after heading west through Yarrowford and continue across the bailey bridge over the Yarrow Water towards Fastheugh Farm.


Parking:

GridReference : NT 395292

Park in Black Andrew Wood off the road to Fastheugh Farm to the south of the A708 near Yarrowford. Do not block access since the road may be used by heavy timber lorries or forest machinery.


Take-Off:

GridReference : NT 400286

Approach either via the forest tracks in Black Andrew Wood and through the gate onto open moorland below Newark Hill. Follow Duchess Drive for approximately 200yds before turning west towards the face of the hill and find obvious take off opportunities looking west up the Yarrow Valley. Alternatively walk up passed Fastheugh Farm and follow the obvious track through the field and gate onto open moorland. Turn east, cross the burn and walk up the face of Newark Hill.


Landing:

GridReference : NT 392288

The bottom landing field is at the base of the hill in front of Fastheugh Farm but there are numerous options in the Yarrow or Ettrick Valleys. Please avoid any fields with livestock or crops, hay or silage.


Flying:

Excellent in a westerly although the nose above Black Andrew Wood can be flown in a NW wind. A good thermic and dynamic site. If the wind direction turns northerly during the day it is possible to transition across to Fastheugh but the bowl between Newark and Fastheugh may be turbulent if scratching close to the hill.


Hazards:

Excellent in a westerly although the nose above Black Andrew Wood can be flown in a NW wind. A good thermic and dynamic site. If the wind direction turns northerly during the day it is possible to transition across to Fastheugh but the bowl between Newark and Fastheugh may be turbulent if scratching close to the hill.

Hazards:

Check NOTAM, CANP essential if flying mid week since this area is used for low flying exercises by military fast jets. Jets often fly over the top of Fastheugh at VERY low levels as they transition into the Yarrow Valley.

The bottom landing field slopes downwards when landing into a Northerly wind, beware of the burn running through the middle of the field.


Notes:

This is an actively managed grouse moor, please respect the nesting sites, do not allow dogs to run free and be aware of the shooting season.

DO NOT land in any fields with stock or grass being grown for hay or silage.

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

Park sensibly and DO NOT block any forest tracks.