From Langar Hall, recent winner of the Best Rural Hotel, climbing to 4000 Ft we can see Peterborough on the horizon. Rutland Water, Leicester, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray and Belvoir Castle. The runway at East Midlands Airport, Nottingham and the National Watersports Centre, with the Derbyshire Dales in the distance. Following the trent to Newark with Lincoln on the escarpement. Then down the A1 to Long Bennington and Grantham. Absolutely faboulous visibility! We fly over Barnstone, Moore Dyke by Whatton Manor Race Horse Stud and on to Elton Crossroads and Orston home to Orston Gun Club. www.orston.com Keeping high to avoid upsetting the many horses and their owners at Orston, we clear the river Devon and land at Staunton in the Vale.
Heading southeast towards Langar dropzone, I call them on the airband radio to find they have just made there last drop of the day. We can cross “height at our discression” Great. Flying up and over the Trent Valley escarpement at Stathern Wood we look to land only to see lots of partridge pens so carry on and land at Knipton by The Manners Arms. www.mannersarms.com
Over Langar airfield www.bpslangar.co.uk on to Plungar, Belvoir Castle www.belvoircastle.com and the speciality cordial workshop of Belvoir Fruit Farms http://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk/ Woolsthorpe by Belvoir to land at Denton.
Harby, Eastwell, Waltham on the Wolds, Spoxton, landing on Buckminster Estates land at Buckminster. Home to the Tollemache family.
Private flight this evening for special custmoers of Ideal Heating. Landing in the grounds of Belvoir Castle. www.belvoircastle.com
Over Harby, Eastwell, Waltham on the Wolds, just north of Stapleford Park , http://www.staplefordpark.com/ we land at Wymondon.
We just avoid flying over the airfield at Langar, home to Skydive langar www.bpslangar.co.uk the largest private skydive centre in the country. On to Plungar, Barkstone and The Windmill http://www.windmillinn-redmile.co.uk/ at Redmile . Landing on the edge of a crop field we keep the balloon inflated and walk- push- pull it around the field to a section of set aside to deflate the balloon.
From www.langarhall.com Winner of Britain’s Best Rural Hotel 2013. Food and Travel Magazine.
Landing at Hickling.
We are playing host to nine members of the Sing family from three generations this evening.
Taking of from Langar Hall we drift down towards www.colstonbassettdairy.co.uk and then on to www.clawson.co.uk
both famous for producing the brilliant Stilton Cheese. Landing at Upper Broughton.
Fly gently away fron Langar hall and on to Barnstone and Lefarge cement works. Granby,Muston and on to Muston gap and www.crowncarveries.co.uk/thegapinnnottingham/ a young lady in the basket works there at the weekend and was able to take plenty of usefull photos.Landing just north of Belton House https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house/