South Coast

South Coast Helicopter Tour

Most of us have been to the South Coast as children so why not re-live those happy childhood memories and view it from the air.

You will appreciate the pure size of Gatwick Airport as London’s second biggest airport as you fly directly over heading to follow the Brighton mainline as the trains pass over the Ouse Valley Viaduct. The viaduct is an incredible feet of engineering and spans the Ouse Valley. It is 450m long and was built from 11 million bricks in 1842.

The flight takes you past the Sussex towns of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill over the South Downs to Shoreham and The South Coast. On reaching the beach the flight turns eastwards towards Brighton and you can see the wreck of the old Brighton West Pier which was destroyed by fire in 2003. Further along the beach you fly over the newly refurbished Brighton East Pier and fun fair on towards Brighton Marina.

Travelling east you get a great view of Newhaven ferry port and docks, you may even see the Newhaven Ferry as it leaves or returns from Dieppe in France. The coastline now changes shape to chalk cliffs and rocks as you fly towards the world famous Beachy Head. You will be able to see the massive record breaking white cliffs and lighthouse – a sight not to be missed.

Continuing along the coast you arrive at Eastbourne with its smart new Sovereign Harbour. Your tour takes you north past Hailsham and Crowborough which are situated on the Weald next to Ashdown Forest. The forest was originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times but today boasts of being the largest free public access space in the South East and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh!

On reaching Edenbridge you turn west paralleling the North Downs towards South Godstone Station snatching views of the London skyline. Returning back to base it’s time for photos and maybe a cream tea!

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