We select the launch site on the basis of the prevailing wind direction and weather patterns (which launch site we are using will be confirmed when you call the Flight Information Line). The reasons for moving a flight to a back up launch site can vary, the wind may be heading in the wrong direction (e.g. it may be heading directly into the Bristol Airport airspace or out over the sea), or the launch site may not be available for us to use. None of our back-up launch sites are more than 15 miles away from our ‘first choice’ site.
Bristol Balloons go ballooning in the following areas:
Depending on wind direction you might fly over The Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Harbourside, The SS Great Britain and The Matthew (if it is in Bristol), Bristol Zoo, St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol Cathedral, Blaise Castle House Museum and Tyntesfield House.
Ashton Court Estate, Kennel Lodge Road BS41 9JN. Follow the brown signs to Ashton Court Estate. Enter via Kennel Lodge Road, off the A369 Clanage Road, Bower Ashton. Park in the car park at the top of the hill and walk through, past the mansion house to the meeting point (mansion house on the left, meeting point on the right).
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Lockside Restaurant, Brunel Lock Road BS1 6XS. The nearest landmarks are the large swing bridge over the Cumberland Basin and the Nova Scotia public house. Entry to Brunel Lock Road changes if the bridges are being swung. Please park your car safely and legally, as we may have to take you to our launch site. (If you are on Mc Adam Way you are literally ‘on top’ of the restaurant which is under the elevated section of this road). NB: Parking in this area is subject to differing regulations regarding duration and/or charges. Please read the information signs for the area you are parking in. Do not assume that conditions apply to the whole area around Brunel Lock Road.
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Other alternative launch sites -
Newbridge Park & Ride, Bath BA1 3NB or Royal Victoria Park, Bath BA1 2DS (maps below in Bath). We meet here if there is either an event in Ashton Court or the wind direction would take us towards Bristol International Airspace or into the Bristol Channel.
Keynsham Rugby Club, Crown Fields. Bristol Road. BS31 2BE. Park in the car park (not accessible from the Keynsham by-pass).
Again, depending on the wind direction your balloon flight may take you over the famous Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, Pultney Bridge, Bath Abbey, The American Museum, Castle Coombe, Dyrham Park, Bradford-on-Avon, The Kennet And Avon Canal, with possible views of The Mendips and The Cotswolds. When taking a hot air balloon ride over Bath you never know what you might discover.
Royal Victoria Park, BA1 2DS – Please meet in the top right hand corner of Royal Victoria Park (100 metres south of the Approach Golf Course Kiosks)
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Newbridge Park & Ride, Bath BA1 3NB
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Your balloon flight over Somerset will give you a chance to see Glastonbury Tor, the Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and Wells Cathedral. With good visibility you may even get to see the Severn Bridge. When ballooning over Somerset you will have an opportunity to appreciate the network of rivers and rhynes including the Axe, Brue, Cary, Parrett, Sheppey, Tone and Yeo.
Wells Rugby Club, BA5 2FB. Take the A371 Portway Road towards Wookey and Cheddar. Turn right onto Charter Way (sign posted ‘Leisure Centre’). Take the 4th turning right (again sign posted ‘Leisure Centre’). Park in the Leisure Centre car park on the left and meet near the rugby pitches.
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Depending on the wind direction your views may include Gloucester, the Stroud Valleys and Cheltenham.
Gloucester Airport GL51 6SR. Follow signs for Airport and park in main car park.
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A beautiful launch site to take off from, see Westonbirt's collection of trees from high above on a hot air balloon ride.
Westonbirt Arboretum GL8 8QS. Grid reference ST 849899. Meet in the main car park NOT the Plant Centre car park. We are unable to fly from Westonbirt on certain days due to events and festivals.
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Our launch sites include Tintern, Monmouth, Chainbridge, Pandy and the Chainbridge Inn allowing views, again depending on wind direction, of Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey, Abergavenny, Llanggfd Reservoir, the White Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Hay-on-Wye, the Blorange and the Black Mountains.
We have various launch sites in this area. We select the launch site on the basis of the prevailing wind direction and weather patterns (which launch site we are using will be confirmed when you call the Flight Information Line).
North Car Park, Maryport St, USK NP15 1AB. In the centre of town. We will take you to the launch site.
Vauxhall Fields, MONMOUTH NP25 3AX. Go north from Monmouth centre on the A466, turn left into Osbaston Road, then left again – over a green iron bridge and park on the right.
The Anchor Inn, TINTERN NP16 6TE. In the Wye valley on the A466 between Monmouth & Chepstow. Follow brown signs for Tintern Abbey, park in the Hotel car park, walk through and meet on cricket field (please keep off the square).
Old Pandy Inn NP7 8DR. On the A465, 5 miles north of Abergavenny.
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