News Items for Morgan's Ridge (Mere)
04/02/2005 - Bridlepath At Mere
We received a letter recently from Wiltshire County Council about an incident on the bridleway that runs up the spur between Cowards and the Rifle Range at Mere, where a horse was spooked by a launching paraglider.   Read More
Morgan's Ridge (Mere)
Grid Reference
ST 803 354
Latitude
51.117545
Longitude
-2.282830
Nearest Postcode
BA12 6HX
Site Code
2.037
Wind Direction
WNW, NW, NNW
Height ASL (Feet)
755
Height TTB (Feet)
185
Site Officer
Mike Humphries (07534970743)
Rating
Full Avon member Pilot and Advance Pilot Rated only
Permission
MID WEEK ONLY! We have no permission to fly at weekends/bank holidays when the site is busy with model flyers. Only fly for the purpose of launching for XC flights. Restricted to hours 11am - 5.30pm
Parking
There are a few parking spaces directly at the top of the hill and plenty more after the right turn along the top. Please do not block any gates. Access to the site is through the kissing gate adjacent the field gate at the top of the hill. Remember to secure the rope on the kissing gate.
Rigging
Paragliders can lay out in front of the hill fort ramp or at the far end where the ramp peters out. Hang Gliders can be dropped off at the kissing gate at the top of the hill before parking further along the track. Rigging should be done on the other side of the kissing gate.
Take Off
Anywhere along the ridge. The far end is best when the wind is WNW. The site is shared with model fliers so establish a 'shared airspace' agreement before taking off.
Local Flying
If the wind direction is to the left of Alfred's Tower it is better to fly the Spencer's Bowl (SW bowl). Remember that this is a new site, so treat it with respect and share your experience of flying it with other pilots and the club committee.
XC Flying
Be aware of gliders flying from the Kingston Deverill Glider Field behind the ridge to the SE (shown on airmaps as "The Park"). After that there is no significant airspace downwind until you reach the Solent block. 65km+ should be possible to Swanage.
Top Landing
The top landing area is huge and clear of any obstructions.
Bottom Landing
There is no agreed bottom landing. The ridge is steep but slope side landing should present no difficulties for paragliders provided the decision is made early. Avoid getting to low due to the abundance of bushes and small trees.
Hospitals
Frome or Bath.
Directions
Leave Frome going south on the B3092. Two miles after Maiden Bradley, turn left, immediately after the Red Lion pub, into Long Lane. Follow the track carefully for about 1 mile. There are a few parking spaces directly at the top of the hill and plenty more after the right turn along the top. Please do not block any gates. Access to the site is through the kissing gate adjacent the field gate at the top of the hill. Remember to secure the rope on the kissing gate.
Ordnance Survey Sheet
103

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