Gransden Lodge - Potton - St Neots - Gransden Lodge

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If you are pre-solo, discuss with an instructor before doing any task.
Minimum set-off height3,000 ft
Distance30.5 km
AirspaceStay below 5,200 ft QFE south of Gransden. Avoid the Little Gransden Glider Exclusion Zone.
BGA Ladder Points218
Suitable weather conditionswinds from the south-west, good thermals, cloud base at least 3,500 ft

This task is a simple triangle. Do the task when winds are from the south-west so you are blown back towards the airfield. You can do the task in either direction, but it would be best to do the most into-wind leg first, as you can reduce the task to an out and return if you have difficulties. Note that the minimum height at STN and POT is 2,800 ft and you must remain above this height along the whole of this leg of the task, so you will want the cloud base to be over 3,500 ft before attempting this task.


If going to Potton then St Neots

Head south-west avoiding the glider exclusion zone around Little Gransden. Potton mast is easy to spot, the villages of Gamlingay and Potton are also easy to spot and on track.

At Potton turn north, St Neots is easy to spot at the first town to the north. You will pass the disused airfield of Tempsford on your left side.

From St Neots, the airfield is not easily spotted. If you can see the red brick houses of Cambourne, head toward them. Otherwise head east, passing to the north of the golf course and Abbotsley. Great Gransden and the airfield should be easily visible from there.

Turn points

GRL (Gransden Lodge) 
the main hangar at Gransden Lodge
POT (Potton) 
radio mast next to a sand quarry
minimum height: 2,800 ft
STN (St Neots) 
railway bridge over single carriageway road to the south-east of St Neots near an industrial site
minimum height: 2,800 ft