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Safety First

You should be aware that airfields can be dangerous places for the unwary. Please take time to read these instructions and if you are unsure about anything then please ask. Please print this page and the attached map. They will be useful when you come to the airfield.

  1. When you arrive on the airfield please keep to the perimeter track and make your way either to the launch point if we are flying, or to the control tower. This map of the airfield for visitors by road will help. You can find the launch point (it varies with the wind) by looking for a double decker bus which is our contol vehicle. If it's not visible from the gate you will have to turn left. When at the launch point please speak to any club member who will be able to help you.
  2. Do not walk or drive in front of any aircraft or glider landing or taking off. Keep a good lookout at all times as aircraft may land on any part of the airfield from any direction. Once committed to land, gliders may be unable to avoid you!
  3. Keep children and dogs under close supervision at all times.
  4. Do not approach the propellers of powered aircraft even when the aircraft engine is stationary.
  5. Visitors are forbidden to use any of the clubs mechanical equipment.
  6. Do not walk or drive on the runways. They may have virtually invisible cables travelling at up to 60mph!
  7. Most motor insurance policies do not cover vehicles when on an airfield. Visitors should be very careful when driving as the club cannot accept responsibility for any accident or incident involving visitors motor vehicles.

Directions

Aston Down is on the A419, midway between Stroud and Cirencester in Gloucestershire. From most areas of the country, that means approaching from Junction 15 of the M4 south-east of Swindon and then travelling via Cirencester, or from Junction 13 of the M5, via Stroud. You can also approach from Junction 18 of the M4 via Nailsworth. The streetmap.co.uk site will show a road atlas style map of the area.

From Cirencester

Follow the signs for Stroud (A419). After about 6 miles you will come to the "Jolly Nice" cafe/shop (a former petrol station). Just after the Jolly Nice is a cross roads with a small slip road on the left. Take this slip road and go straight on down a lane. This lane is sign-posted Cotswold Gliding Club and leads on to the airfield.

From Stroud

Follow the signs for Cirencester (A419). On leaving Stroud you drive along a valley and after about 5 miles the road goes up a long hill. At the top of the hill there is a roundabout where you take the first exit. You will then see Aston Down airfield on your right. Continue past the airfield and turn right at a crossroads just before the "Jolly Nice" cafe/shop (a former petrol station). Turn immediately right again. This lane is sign-posted Cotswold Gliding Club and leads on to the airfield.

From Nailsworth

At the mini roundabout on the A46 in the centre of Nailsworth take the road sign-posted Minchinhampton. This is a right turn if you have come from the south. After 200m you go over a cattle grid and follow the road round to the right. Cows and horses roam Minchinhampton common and they have no road sense so take care. The road goes up a steep hill with several hairpin bends. This hill is passable with care when towing a glider trailer. At the top of the hill carry on over Minchinhampton common until you get to a T junction. The signpost here is a local landmark called Tom Long's Post. Turn right and follow this road for about 3 miles until you get to a roundabout where you take the second exit. You will then see Aston Down Airfield on your right. Continue past the airfield and turn right at a crossroads just before the "Jolly Nice" cafe/shop (a former petrol station). Turn immediately right again. This lane is sign-posted Cotswold Gliding Club and leads on to the airfield.

This map will help you once you are on the airfield.

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