Brighton Scenic Flight -Naval Ports – 60minutes
|Shoreham||The nearest town to the airport is Shoreham which enjoys a unique location, bordered on the north by the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the west by the open valley of the river Adur and on the south by the river and Shoreham Beach.|
|Worthing||Worthing has grown to be the largest town in West .By the New Stone Age, some 5,500 years ago, it was the centre of the most important flint mining industry in the country. Tools and metal of the Bronze Age and coins and pottery from the Iron Age have all been found within the Worthing Area..|
|Littlehampton||Littlehampton is steeped in history. Its origins date back to Roman Times, when it was known as Hampton.A� It wasna��t until the 14th Century that it became Little Hampton – this differentiated it from the larger Southampton. As with many seaside towns, it has seen its share of bloody times. In 1136 the forces of Empress Matilda landed here to begin her war with King Stephen. Henry VIII used Littlehampton as a royal dockyard.|
|Selsey Bill||In the 19th and early 20th century the local fishermen jointly owned a longboat, operated by 22 oarsmen. If any vessel was stranded off the Bill then after any rescue work had been completed the pilot of the longboat would negotiate with the skipper, of the damaged vessel, a price to assist them to safe harbour. In modern times the "Channel Pilot for the South Coast of England and the North Coast of France", cautions sailors that Selsey Bill is difficult to locate in poor visibility. Many wrecks are located here including sunken WW2 tanks from D-D landings. In clear weather when the wind is moderate, a short cut can be afforded by using the Looe Channel that passes through the rocks and ledges south of the Bill, which is marked by buoys. The pilot recommends that a large-scale chart is required and to proceed with caution.|
|Portsmouth & Harbour||The first reference to Portsmouth as a naval station was made in 286 A.D, when a sea captain named Carausius, who had been sent by Rome to suppress piracy, became a master pirate himself. He assumed Imperial power and even had his own coinage minted.|
What a view! If you’re looking for a wow factor then enjoy the stunning views of Portsmouth. You will clearly see the Spinnaker Tower from the air. There’s no better landmark to its world famous harbour. You will see this compact city laid out before you. You can see for miles!
Enjoy stunning views across the Solent and the city. On a clear day you can see for miles over to Chichester, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. The city’s waterfront extends through historic Old Portsmouth and along Southsea’s Victorian seafront backed by gorgeous green spaces.
|Hayling Island||At the time of the Domesday Book (1086) Hayling Island probably had a population of around 300. The Domesday Book also mentions a saltpan where salt was made. Making salt from seawater was an industry on Hayling Island for centuries. So were mackerel fishing, shellfish harvesting and, of course, farming. In the year 1824 when a wooden bridge was built across the channel to Langstone. Before you could wade across at low tide or you could pay to use a ferry. In February 1955 work began on building a new concrete bridge, slightly east of the old wooden one. Travellers still had to pay a toll to use Hayling Bridge. Tolls were finally abolished on 11 April 1960.|
|Chichester Harbour||One of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England. Bright wide expanses and intricate creeks are at the same time a major wildlife haven and among some of Britain's most popular boating waters. This unique area has quite rightly been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Backed by the South Downs, the harbour is a series of tidal inlets, with a narrow mouth to the sea. Wind-sculptured oaks and haw-thorns line the coast. Saltmarsh and mudflats are havens for thousands of birds.|
More than 7,500 Brent geese over winter on the inter tidal mud-land and adjacent farmland and more than 50,000 birds reside in or visit the Harbour throughout the year. Boats of all shapes and sizes make up the 12,500 craft that regularly use the harbour. Competitive and even international racing takes place among the 14 sailing clubs. A number of public launching sites around the harbour make it accessible for everyone.
|Arundel Castle||Arundel began as a Saxon village. The original castle was founded on Christmas day 1067 by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel one of William the Conqueror's most loyal barons. He was awarded a third of Sussex with the stipulation that a new Castle be built near the mouth of the Arun to protect the approaches to Sussex from attack. It was one of the first English country houses to be fitted with electric light, lifts and central heating. The building plan bears a great similarity with Royal Windsor Castle.|
Our personal favourite tour. A top class flight over a classic seaside town and a magical castle and the best of British Naval ships. You will see the mighty British force ships from past days and modern. Look to the left over Portsmouth harbour and catch sight of the massive radar systems controlling the HM British fleet.
Following the coastline past the Victorian town of Worthing and down to the dangerous waters of Selsey Bill where many ships have been wrecked, including sunked WW2 tanks from D-Day. Then it around the corner you will see the famous wartime forts in the solent channel protecting the entrance to Portsmouth harbour. At the harbour entrance is Fort Blockhouse, the Royal Navy’s training training centre, a massive fortified coastal building and not far from it a remote Mi6 intelligence training camp. Fly over the harbour seeing where the Submarine fleet used to be kept and the current warships of the Royal Navy. Look out for HMS Victory the tall ship from the Battle of Trafalgar and avoid the towering Emirates Spinnaker Tower.
Flying back you will pass Hayling Island, where elite training took park for D-Day landings before coming to one of the most picturesque areas of Chichester Harbour. Known worldwide for its conservation areas and sailing yachts.
Finally its a flight over Arundel Castle, the magical fairytale castle on a hill surrounded by the winding river.
This is an awesome tour, we love flying this one.