Worcestershire and Herefordshire provide some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside, and so it’s only fitting that we should launch from prestigious and attractive venues: Worcester Racecourse, Eastnor Castle and Top Barn Farm.
Rising above Worcester Racecourse, we are treated to wonderful views of the Cathedral, river Severn and county cricket ground, as well as the ancient and beautiful spires of the old city. Leaving Worcester behind us, we are soon flying over spectacular countryside, with the Malvern Hills rising like a spine in the distance. The agriculture in the county varies from orchards to dairy farms, from fields of sheep to fields of wheat; it really is a most varied and traditional landscape, representing an age old English countryside.
Worcester racecourse is well sign-posted from most approaches towards the city centre. We launch from the middle area of the course, and cars can be parked conveniently close by.
Eastnor is located just over the Herefordshire border, nestled amongst the magnificence of the Malvern Hills, close to the ancient market town of Ledbury. Only about ten minutes drive from the M50 at junction 2, Eastnor Castle is easily accessible from the major motorway network.
The Castle is open to the public on selected days, and is still the family home of the Hervy-Bathhurst family.
We launch from the Deer Park, and this spectacular venue affords us the most fantastic views as we rise majestically above the castle. If you’re lucky the wind may carry you the length of the Hills, and you can look down at the poor walkers struggling up and down the pathways as you float effortlessly overhead!
To find out more about Eastnor Castle, its opening times and the facilities that are available, simply click on the following link: www.eastnorcastle.co.uk
Top Barn Farm
A few miles to the north of Worcester we have our launch site at Top Barn Farm, near Holt Heath. This is a great venue which offers a whole host of other outdoor activites such as sailing, canoeing, wind-surfing, archery and a wonderful maize-maze in the Summer. There’s also a lovely farm shop, as well as a lakeside lodge and sports shop (when open). From here, we usually take off from beside the lake, providing a beautiful setting for your flight. Visit Top Barn Farm’s web site at www.topbarn.co.uk for more details about this venue.