Selsley
Grid Reference
SO 827 032
Latitude
51.727247
Longitude
-2.251875
Nearest Postcode
GL5 5LJ
Site Code
2.080
Wind Direction
NW, NNW
Height ASL (Feet)
690
Height TTB (Feet)
300
Site Officer
Wayne Buckland (07977 543746)
Rating
Any rated pilot.
Permission
Open site. Selsley is common land.
Parking
Park on the edge of the common no more than 50' from the road.
Rigging
Anywhere on the common.
Take Off
About 400 yds from the road anywhere on the ridge. If the modellers are flying, their area is from the west of the memorial stone. Please do not fly or rig in this area.
Local Flying
Beware of the wind gradient and sudden turbulence in winds of 16 mph or more, especially if the wind goes either east of north or west of north-west. Keep a look out for the modellers that use the ridge, study their circuit patterns and stay to the east of the stone monument if possible unless you have loads of height. Always get briefed by a local pilot before flying. This site is fairly friendly on a paraglider if the conditions are gentle. If you are going down, side land early to avoid turbulence from the trees lower down the slope. The shoulder to the NE of take-off is also a good place to side land. This area is also shared with the Bristol and Gloucestershire Gliding Club so please be aware that sailplanes frequent this area in abundance.
XC Flying
If there is any west in it you are better off going to Frocester. The site has excellent XC possibilities, but can be difficult to get away from.
Top Landing
Land anywhere on the common, with the exception of any area being used by modellers. The area behind the take-off and the quarry can be turbulent in strong conditions, therefore land further back.
Bottom Landing
The field directly below take-off on the north side of the road, but note that it dips in the middle. No bottom landing if the grass in this field is long. Beware the electricity pylons below and to the left of take-off. Do not land in any other fields as this has caused friction with the farmer in the past. If in doubt, ask before flying.
Hospitals
Stroud or Gloucester.
Directions
The site can be found about two miles SW of Stroud on the B4066 Dursley Road and is at the NW end of the common.
Ordnance Survey Sheet
162

Selsley Common Guide

Latest Flying Diary Entries for Selsley

27/04/16 Rich Harding - Rocked up at 10:45, as it was due to overdevelop big-style, to find Mike H on take-off and Wes already over the back. Laid out, clipped in, took off, skied out, got a bit low at Westonbirt but found a save and then took a glide to the Chippenham junction of the M4, as I had big stuff and rain in sight in every direction.

18/06/15 Garry Hume - Evening float after work. Pretty rough low down and off to the west, headed for Frocester as soon as I had height with O&R to Cam Long Down. Best height 1,400 ato. Close to landing out a few times as the lift became much lighter later on.

30/04/15 Garry Hume - Evening flutter. Just managed to scrap over the ridge at the gliding club. Despite weak sun some very sporty blobs of lift coming through. Wind continued to veer to the north - thermals were tracking almost parallel to the hill at times. Scraped back from 900' ato, south of Frocester TO top land just before it switched off completely. Earlier much better conditions - but I was at work - curses!

10/07/14 Alec Linton - Gusty winds and punchy thermals made taking off, soaring and thermaling difficult. May have got easier if I'd got higher but kept losing lift at about 1500ft. Settled for a trip to Frocester.

21/06/14 Martin Cowley - A very sweaty day, with Wayne and Graham the only ones to leave the hill, apart from Alan and Jonny who went to the pub. Pollen count: medium. Bovine excrement level: 1/25 cover; increasing slowly; fresh.

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