Pilot reviews of Clutton Hill Airfield
|“||Flew into Clutton Hill for the first time in my PA28-180. Very friendly PPR from the mobile number on the web site. The field lies under the Bristol CTA (Base 1500 AMSL) so with an elevation of 550' it was somewhat difficult to find from such a low level. Landing on RWY25 there is a significant hump/ditch about a third of the way in, and I was advised to touch down beyond it (i.e. roughly in line with the buildings). The surface was in fair condition and the £5 landing fee was perfectly reasonable. It's a short walk to the local pub (walk along the left hand edge of RWY25 then branch off to the left, down the hill and turn left again onto the road). We didn't have time to eat but the menu looked enticing and the surroundings were very pleasant.
Prior to take-off you are requested to contact Bristol Radar (125.650) to inform them of your impending departure.
All in all a very nice destination. |
|“||Clutton has become one of my favourite strips|
of all time due to the owners and the view.
The airfield owners are so friendly and helpful
and set a good example of what an airfeld and it's facilities
should be like.
At the end the runway down a country track
you will find a nice little pub with exellent food etc.
Another thing is the view once you are on the airfield, on a good
day you can see for miles and the Chew valley lake
towards the west.
Well kept airstrip well worth a look.
|“||Clutton Hill is 7nm South East of Bristol, and the landing fee is still just £5.
An excellent pub, (the Hunters Rest) featuring excellent food and accommodation is just a few hundred metres from the strip, and it is a short (30 minute) drive to the centres of Bath, Wells and Bristol.
The grass runway is oriented 07 / 25, circuits are to the North, and the land runs uphill on 25. Turbulance can be experienced on the flare on 25 when there is a broad crosswind from the right, and the threshold of 07 is preceeded by a steep escarpment, which makes the (fun) approach feel akin to landing on an aircraft-carrier. Strangly, although there is is substantial hill ahead of the threshold, the approach is generally trouble-free. Remember however that 07 has a downhill gradient, and so the landing run will be longer.
Radio calls should be made to Bristol approach on 125.65, as all resident and visiting pilots speak to them for traffic information and they are extremely supportive and helpful to pilots flying into Clutton Hill.
For those who are looking for a location to store their aircraft in the area, a number of outside places are available with secure tie-downs by calling Ian on 07751673369, although there is no under-cover accommodation currently available.
Unfortunately frustrating (and incomprehensible) planning restrictions mean that Ian is reluctantly unable to accept microlights as home based aircraft.
Finally, if visiting, overflying or dropping in to look at a potential new home for your aircraft, please avoid overflying all the local villages and farms, and don't forget to please call Ian beforehand for a fuss-free PPR.
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