Hi all, I was refused access to High Force (wasn’t allowed to TOL) and was told you need written consent. I have since emailed Raby estates the land owners and received a reply today stating flying is not permitted over High Force!? Anyone had any luck getting permission?
Were you trying to access through the hotel?
Loads of videos on you tube, and access is easy, I wouldn’t let the email stop me, its misinformed at the very least
Hey Chris yes I did try via the hotel, guy at the falls told me no flight initially then said written approval is needed? Awkward as the noise the drone makes its not convert
I’d be amazed if you can hear it over the falls ;o)
The Raby Estate says no drones, at least at the waterfall end of the walk but maybe all of it. I’ve been thinking of going up the other side of the river instead. That’s a public footpath and doesn’t appear to be on the estate, and there’s plenty of space to fly from. I haven’t checked who the landowner is on that side of the river, but the path goes right to the top which is better than on the Raby side where (last time I was there) they had closed the highest end of the walk because the path and/or barriers had become dangerous. They maintain the rest of it to a high standard.
The bit they charge for entry ;o)
If you have any luck let me know! I was thinking of parking at Bowlees and walk up looking for a decent TOL with a good VLOS
There are quite a few public footpaths. You can take-off from one of those if there are no legitimate local bye-laws, which the Raby estate itself cannot enact I don’t think, unless they are NT or EH. They cannot stop you overflying if they are not NT / EH. Your problem may be maintaining VLOS, depending on vegetation. Personally, I’d go and fly in the very early morning.
And even if they were NT/EH they cannot stop you overflying.
I admit that I actually agree with you but NT and EH think otherwise because of the charter (or whatever it is they were granted). As it has not, so far as I’m aware, yet to be taken before a court, their position is untested. It’s nonsense to me, I fly a light aircraft and they can’t stop me overflying, albeit a little higher.
I was on holiday in that area in May this year , I had hoped to get a shot of Raby castle but came across their drone policy then , I did fly at low force but didn’t realise it was part of the Raby estate which is vast 55,000 acres . The Pennine way runs along the river that was my TOAL point and I basically flew just above the falls the weather wasn’t great there was just the odd walkers passed . At high force the Pennine way is on the opposite side to the area you pay to use , you can cross the river just down stream from the hotel but not sure if it’s Raby estate land, also on drone scene there is a huge nature reserve indicated in this area , didn’t fly at high force because of the weather and not sure about the legal side if the Pennine way runs through private land , if I had I would have flown up the river
Im not great with technology so I hope this uploads it’s a map from the who owns England website showing some of the Raby estate and the river tees appears to be the boundary so the south side where the Pennine way footpath runs does not appear to be their land but is a nature reserve (drone scene )
Hey Sandbagger yes I was looking at the exact area u posted in the pic! Figured I’d park at Bowlees visitor center walk to low force and up to the pint in the Pennine way to TOAL ! Not sure what VLOS will be like? Thinking I’ll try an early morning blast up to avoid the gestapo just in case
From what I remember the land that side climbs to the height of the waterfall you might get the shot you want quite easily good luck
Interestingly the Raby castle website opens with some pleasant drone? video, no " get orf my land " comments for that crew, hope they charged double
It was an awful grey day in May …Low Force
Grabbed that the first time I was refused
I returned the next day with my son and his SLR camera , we crossed to the area just on the right of my photo it was raining , he took ages and when we came to head back the water had risen and that part becomes an island fortunately we were able to wade across but any longer we would have been in trouble nobody about and no phone signal !