Surrey Spots


#1

Morning all! Just joined up and need to get my flying hours up before my PfCO course. I’m based in Kingston so thankfully not too far from the Surrey Hills and just wondered if anyone has any specific areas around that way that they would recommend for flight practice! Thanks in advance!


#2

I live for most of the week in Worcester Park. Use the NATS app as a start point.
I also live the rest of the time near Gatwick (it’s a work thing) so it does get complicated or impossible to fly in these areas. For example. All Royal Parks in London are drone exclusion zones.
I basically go for low level flights in deserted playing fields like Priests Hill Epsom or Epsom Downs, just to get skills up. I push it much further depending on what I see, like moaning dog walkers, horses, people accusing me of spying etc ! Then I Calm it all down.
I have a Spark.
I look forward to other suggestions on your thread.


#3

Hi @FergusonFlyer and welcome to Grey Arrows!

Have you looked at the Users Map to see if anyone is located nearby?

Please do add yourself to the map too :smiley:


#4

You have Richmond Park Model Flying Field just up the road from you (a Royal Park) and totally legal to fly from this field if you comply with the Drone Code. Have you not tried it?


#5

Thanks PingSpike, I’ll check it out now!


#6

Thanks Harbrimar, no, I had no idea! That’s a great shout, thank you! I’ll head down there today and check it out!


#7

Thanks Higgs and all. I drove around Guildford for a while checking out various ‘commons’, but quite a few where quite densely populated with trees and quite a few horse riders, but I eventually stumbled upon a great place called Newlands Corner. It had great views and was fairly quiet - until I started up the Air! I got quite a few dirty looks from the dog walkers and earshot comments of ‘those bloody things are a damn nuisance’, but all in all it was a very successful flight.


#8

Hello and welcome.


#9

I know Newlands Corner quite well as I used to live in Guildford but I would be reluctant to fly there as it is a real magnet for visitors given the huge car park and cafe there. However, you could probably get away with it early morning before the crowds arrive. Further along the ridge is St Martha’s church which is not quite so popular with tourists and I have seen one or two videos of it on YT taken from drones.


#10

Yes the dog walkers think they own surrey hills for themselfs when I used to go up there on a motorbike you could hear them moaning