We’re set for an absolute bumper weekend, as we prepare to fly from six different locations covering some of the most incredible countryside in the North of England.
As the North’s No 1 provider of helicopter pleasure flights, we are able to fly the public on spectacular journeys departing from sites in Last of the Summer Wine country, the Lancashire Moors, the Peak District and more.
Below, we focus on the flights taking place on Sunday 28th June (please click here for our flights on Saturday 27th June).
On Sunday 28th June, we will be flying from three locations – The Huntsman at Holmfirth, The Grouse at Glossop and The Hoghton Arms at Withnell, near Chorley.
Situated high above Saddleworth Moor just outside the famous village of Holmfirth, our departure location, The Huntsman, allows for shorter flight options around the local area but also our themed flights – ‘Compo’s Country Trail’ and ‘Dambusters Run’.
Named in honour of Compo, the much-loved rascal from Britain’s longest-ever running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine, ‘Compo’s Country Trail’ is a 20-minute Helicopter Pleasure Flight covering the beautiful, rugged Pennine scenery and villages where this hugely popular series was set and filmed for more than 35 years.
After departing from The Huntsman you will track out via Holme Moss, The Holme Valley, Holmfirth, Meltham, Marsden and Slaithwaite in The Colne Valley, together with The National Trust Marsden Moor Estate.
Standing at 1,709 feet high and 4.7km in length Holme Moss was among the most iconic and challenging sections of Le Tour De Yorkshire 2014 . The persistence and steepness of the climb can be appreciated from the air rather than on foot!
During the Dambusters Run, meanwhile, you’ll retrace one of the thrilling Dambuster training routes flown by the famous 617 Squadron as its heroes mastered low-level flying, perfected their ‘dambusting’ technique and prepared for their daring strike on the Ruhr Valley.
You’ll fly at around 1,500 feet, taking in some of the most picturesque scenery England has to offer.
If you’re flying on the Dambusters Run from The Huntsman Inn, Holmfirth, you’ll fly over Holme Valley, Marsden Moor, across High Peak to Ladybower and Derwent Valley. If you take the 30-minue Dambuster Run, you’ll return via Bleaklow, famous for its WWII aircraft wrecks.
If flying the Dambuster Run from The Grouse at Glossop (again, available on Sunday 28th June), your Helicopter Pleasure Flight will take you via Kinder Scout to Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs; and if you choose the 30-minute option, you’ll come back via the breath-taking Kinder Downfall waterfall and back via High Peak (Bleaklow) and its aircraft wrecks (including, most famously, ‘The Flying Fortress’).
Our other departure location on Sunday 28th June is The Hoghton Arms, at Withnell near Chorley, offering our customers (among other options) The Wanderers Experience – a memorable journey over the stunning £45 million Macron Stadium complex (formerly the Reebok Stadium), home to Bolton Wanderers.
Not only is this flight a perfect gift for an avid Bolton Wanderers fan, but also a super treat for anyone looking for an unsurpassable experience of the striking West Lancashire Moorland or a resident of the area. Flying at around 1,500 feet above ground level, to the west you will see the 48-metre (159 foot) spire of the Mormon (Preston, England) Temple, the second largest Mormon Temple in Europe, and situated in the area where the first Mormon missionaries arrived in 1837.
The helicopter tracks south over Rivington Country Park and Horwich before enjoying an unrivalled panorama of Bolton Wanderers’ remarkable stadium.
The helicopter continues over Bolton, a former 19th Century Industrial Revolution boom mill town. At the height of production, the town had 216 cotton mills and 26 bleaching and dyeing works, making it one of the largest and most productive cotton spinning centres in the world. By the 1980s, cotton manufacture had virtually ceased in Bolton but many of the old mills can clearly be seen from the air.
Routing back to the Hoghton Arms, there is no better way to sightsee the dramatic West Lancashire Moors, offering you the opportunity to pick out local landmarks including Winter Hill, Belmont and Anglezarke Moor.
Winter Hill transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications site that’s mast – at 309.48 metres (1,015.4 feet) – is one of the tallest structures in the UK and its highest television transmitting antenna.
So, take your pick of a wonderful collection of flight locations and unforgettable journeys on what is one of our busiest weekends of the year.
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