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28 Aug 16 - David shaw - Bury St Edmunds

Flew into Weybourne 28/8/16 in a PA28. Great place to visit. Having read the numerous reviews I would say the following..... RWY 16 is the better for a PA28. We had a gusting crosswind but easily manageable. Approach was interesting... visibility was good but some mist present. My first approach was ok but having crossed the boundary, avoiding the AAA emplacement we touched down however my speed must have been around 75kts and so with the hill and tree line fast approaching decision made to go around. Avoided the hill and trees also the local village for noise abatement reasons.... my second and successful approach was as a short field landing config.... far more room for manoeuvre and easily achieved on this second attempt. I had 2 PAX and with 3/4 tanks when departing my home airfield some 40 minutes earlier. I'm still a low hours PPL and this airfield is a great challenge. just do the homework first and always consider and early decision to go around.... as my instructor drummed into me !!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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26 Jul 16 - Keith Fishenden - Hemel Hempstead

I flew into Weybourne on 26/07/2016, with my wife for a day out from Dunstable. Having read reviews by other pilots, I was really looking forward to it. I can only say that our experience was absolutely appalling. We thought that it would be nice to look at the gun emplacements at the heading of RW16. We had only got a hundred meters so along the peri-track (not on the grass) when we were stopped by one of their round trip lorry drivers with a very unfriendly "where are you going?". I explained where we were going and that we had just flown in, pointing to the aircraft, "you can't walk around the field, its not allowed because of the rabbit holes where you might put a foot in one, health and safety" He said "go that way", pointing to the other direction of the track to the Museum. We did that and found the gate shut and locked. So my wife and I climbed over it. We got to the Museum entrance to find that to get to the cafe you have to buy tickets at £11 per head. That was not explained in a friendly manner by the woman on the till, in fact pretty surly. When we explained that we had to climb a gate to get in from the airfield, she turned to a male colleague who said "the gate should be open". No "sorry about that". All they want is your money, you are an inconvenience, worse if you are a pilot. Not interested in aviators flying in to see their site. Just appalling very unfriendly behavior, be warned. We will never go there again.

  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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19 Jul 16 - Steve Woolmington - Earls Colne

Flew into Weybourne on July 18, 2016. This must be one of the most charming airfield locations in the East of England. Approach along the coast via Blakeney Point and you can spot seals basking on the sand (stay above 1500' to keep the seals happy). The runway slopes towards the coast, so unless there is a serious breeze from the North, it's probably better to use the upslope which steepens further at the Southern end, so approach over the sea. Book in and pay £5 landing fee at the very nicely kept caravan, then walk a few minutes to the mucklebrough military museum with enough aviation content to keep us happy. Reasonably priced restaurant there too. Norwich radar will keep you company as there's no radio at Weybourne. Overall a lovely little strip and well worth a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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24 Aug 15 - Richard Fernandes - Edingley

Flew into Weybourne at the weekend to visit the Mucklebrough collection.

Grass strip was in good condition, landed on 16 which is slightly up hill but a great final approach over the sea and a couple of anti-aircraft guns which guard the runway.

The Mucklebrough Collection was certainly worth a visit and only a 5 minute walk.

Will certainly be back, but this time with a BBQ and a bit more time

  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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5 May 14 - Adrian Mole

Visited for the first time today in my Cessna 150 (at close to MAUW) it was like stepping back to the 1950's (in a nice way)

I don't have massive amounts of experience but most of my flying has been off grass.

Approach from the sea was novel to me, loved flying over the guns. Came in too high though (even the 40 degree flap wouldn't lose enough height) so went around. Second time round was a near perfect landing. Parked by the caravan, signed in, paid then tried to find the village. There are rabbit scrapes, slow taxi the order of the day.

£5 landing fee must be best value ever

Weybourne village is about a 15 minute walk with a superb pub.

Came back after lunch to find the wind had picked up. Approx 20 knot moreorless headwind uphill, it put the shortfield takeoff techniques to the test. I was regretting the fish and chips as the high ground and trees approached !

Fortunately trusting the plane to perform close to poh and resisting the temptation to snatch the column got us over them. I think it goes down as my interesting takeoff ever.

We'll be back, but will choose a day when the wind allows a downhill departure next time.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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9 Aug 13 - Paul Coomber - oakham

Flew into Weybourne on 7th Aug. 2013.

Caution, 2 ack-ack guns on short finals R15.

Now it is not permitted to access the beach from the airfield.

You must walk into the village along quite a busy road with no pavement.

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26 Sep 12 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
We flew into Weybourne on 8 September with the greyhounds who had decided they needed a short holiday. The airfield itself is just that. An airFIELD. There is a steep slope up from the cliffs and unless the wind is very strong, I would choose to land uphill and take-off downhill. We have landed downhill before, (in a 20kt wind), but looking uphill from the longer of the two runways, (around 600m), I doubt we would out-climb the trees on top of the hill and an early left turn would take you over the village which is a no-no. Having said all that, we love this airfield. The approach over the coast is over wartime anti-aircraft gun emplacements and an active MoD radar station. (The fence of which is VERY close to the runway and is a marked hazard, so beware). It is owned by the Muckleborough collection of military vehicles and guns and also has a caravan site at one side. The views at the airfield are lovely and you don’t even need PPR. Of course, facilities are few – there is a caravan with a loo and running water if needed where you can pay the £5 landing fee and enter details in the movement log. One word of warning – the access to the airfield is via the access road to the Muckleborough Collection and they lock the gates at 5.30pm. You can squeeze through the side, but beware of the prickly bushes! Close by we stayed at the Maltings Hotel, (very dog friendly) and ate there as well as the local pub – good food, good beer and dog friendly. There is also the North Norfolk Railway which is superb and well worth a visit. All in all, the greyhounds loved it and promised to take us back again one day!
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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2 Oct 11 - Andrew Blackshaw - Stapleford

Flew into Weybourne today with wife and two kids to make most of some very fine unexpected weather. Having read this site and others was slightly apprehensive getting in or more importantly out in a DA40 near MAUW. There was no need to worry and the field itself is a joy, we walked to the steam railway station (30 mins) caught a fantastic steamer into Sherringham for lunch (Windham Arms just one row back from the front CAMRA Norfolk pub of the year and amazing food) then back to Weyborne (£7 taxi) to sit on beach and swim then picnic back at the field. Where else could you get all this only an hr from any London field? Getting in was fine on the southerly runway from the sea but getting out I could see that with a less than stiff breeze from the south you need to concentrate on your w&b (did mine 3 times with safety margins). If you are anything close to MAUW taking off up hill you really would need a good headwind as a starter to get you out in comfort otherwise down hill (with a tailwind component) is possibly your best bet xwind permitting. Norwich have their atis on the phone if you are stuck without an iPhone, it helps but be careful of the Coastal sea breeze. Can't wait to go back, runway reminded us of St Marys Scilly, and setting Perranporth - two other fab fields. Kids can't wait to go back, which we will do soon and visit the Muckleborough Collection of military hardware. Weyborne village stores and pub also very good - highly recommended.

  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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5 Aug 10 - Crimson King - Lewes, East Sussex
Great destination at the top end of Norfolk... Honesty box for the landing fee, choice of runways, but be aware of the slope !
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15 Sep 09 - alan milner - cambridge
Weybourne is a great airfield. We use it frequently for summer picnics and winter walks down the deserted pebble beach. The tank museum/cafe is about 2 mins walk and is well worth a visit.

There are model flyers most Saturdays so it's worth a good lookup from overhead.

I have to concentrate hard on the landing and virtually always come in from the sea (uphill) if the winds are light.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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8 Aug 09 - Simon Roe - South Hykeham
another great visit to Weybourne again today on a super summers day for an hour or two's sun bathing on the beach. this airfield wouldn't be the easiest if your only used long flat runways but a great little place. 5 other aircraft there and a good few more entries in the book for today.£5 landing fee
  • Standard of runway: 2
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
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27 Jul 09 - Mark Nixon - Ramsey
Super place to visit. Landing on the north runway can be challenging due to the 100' high hill on the approach and the 60' fall away in the runway. The runways seem to be well mown and are a little bumpy in places. There is a caravan to sign in at and pay the v reasonable landing fee (£5) but no other facilities at the airfield. The Muckleborough collection (military museum) is well worth a visit, is 5 minute walk from the airfield and has all the facilities. Weybourne village is a beautiful place, with a walk down to the beach (you can't access the beach directly from the airfield), and the steam railway (which is closer to a 30 minute walk) goes from Sheringham to Holt, calling at Weybourne on the way. Either of these towns are worth a visit.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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1 Jun 09 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar
Visited Weybourne on Sunday 31 May. The PPR was friendly and helpful and the airfield is set in a wonderful location right by the beach. With a fairly brisk breeze from the NE, I elected to land on the 380 metre runway downhill (we were in a C172) and the landing was without drama on a well mown and dry strip. We later took off on the longer 600+ metre strip downhill as the wind had reduced. No facilities other than a caravan for booking in/out, but a nice place for a picnic and plenty of bushes..... I believe that the Muckleborough collection has all the facilities needed and is virtually next to the airfield, but I didn't get a chance to go as my wife knew that if I went in, I'd have disappeared for the rest of the day! We had a very pleasant walk into Sheringham along the coastal footpath. (About one and a half hours each way - don't panic: we had flown into Weybourne specifically to walk the dogs....!) The views along the walk were just lovely and the sea breeze was just right on a very sunny and warm day. When we got back we had a very pleasant picnic just watching the world go by and looking at the wonderful views. Our greyhounds just couldn't decide whether to lie in the sun or chase the rabbits, (of which there were a great many), finally settling on sitting down and giving them a very meaningful stare.... A couple of other aircraft were in at the same time, a Rans RV6 and a Cherokee 140, so the airfield gets quite a variety of visitors. My wife and I (and the greyhounds) found the airfield and its location so charming that we have decided to go back another time and stay over locally so that we can take more time to look around the area. Highly recommended as a challenging airfield, well worth the visit.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 Apr 09 - Simon Roe - South Hykeham
Visited Weybourne for the second time on sunday, what a great little airfield just a hundred yards off the beach good cafe at the museum 5minutes walk. on sit facilities nil but not needed. well worth a visit if the weather is good.
  • Standard of runway: 3
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
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13 Mar 09 - Will Berry - Leicester
Lovely plave with its own military Museum and assoc Restraunt facilities. The strip is smooth but narrow'ish and with a pronounced downslope towards the sea. A local told me that it was common practice to land downwind/uphill if the wind wasn't very strong. The combination of decending over high ground, and having a headwind coming off the downsloping rwy certainly seems to increase the air cushion effect. A great place to visit.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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24 Aug 08 - John Cheverton - Oakham
With a beach and museum (the Muckleburgh Collection which has food and drink) on its doorstep and the steam railway to Sherringham about a 20 minute walk away, Weybourne makes a great day out for any land-locked pilot. The description in the AFE guide was accurate, including the rabbit-scrapes in an otherwise immaculate strip! The combination of rough terrain under the approach and the down-slope when landing on rwy 34 is quite noticeable - it's not a good idea to be complacent about having over 600m as it can seem shorter. We got in and out OK with 4 adults in our Cessna 182, but I wouldn't want to try it in anything 'floaty'. You sign in and pay your fees in the adjacent caravan, which is pleasant to sit in if you need shelter, but without facilities. Norwich provided a Flight Info service for us, as the military chaps were off for the weekend. Overall, highly recommended as a lovely and historical airfield to visit.
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
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