Pilot reviews of Weybourne Airfield
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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 !!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|“||Great destination at the top end of Norfolk...
Honesty box for the landing fee, choice of runways, but be aware of the slope ! |
|“||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 |
|“||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. |
|“||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. |
|“||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. |
|“||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. |
|“||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. |
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