Southside at Manchester?

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Hi all,

I have got the directions from the AVP to the southside of the airport for the follwing spot:

Spot 3
Description: Southside 24L End
Charges: None
Example Photos:

Other Information:
Perhaps the best spots for photography at Manchester are on the southside of the airfield. The area is a walkers route which runs for the whole length of the new runway (24L / 06R) on one side and about half way on the otherside. You can walk the length of the runway and around the 06R end with great views and photographic opportunities and you can also reach the other side of the runway (spot 6 - afternoon spot) by walking under the tunnel about halfway down on the left hand side (as you look at the tunnel).
The 24L end is very good for close-up photos as aircraft line-up on the runway. Photography is good in the morning.

How To Get There
Coming out of the road from the Aviation Viewing park turn left when you get to the main road. Follow this road and you will pass through two tunnels (the two runways). After passing under the second tunnel you will come to a roundabout, turn left here and park on the grass just off the road. Take a walk through gates and along the path (not the wide path towards the emergency exit gates but a narrow walking path on the right. Continue along this path, over a few hills and you will get to the viewing mounds. A word of caution, this area is very popular with trekkers and isn't a specifically made walkway for enthusiasts, it might get very muddy in the winter so be prepared.

Can sombody mark on the map I have attached the following stages please:

After passing under the second tunnel you will come to a roundabout, turn left here and park on the grass just off the road. Take a walk through gates and along the path (not the wide path towards the emergency exit gates but a narrow walking path on the right. Continue along this path, over a few hills and you will get to the viewing mounds.

Thanks,

Chris

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Do NOT park on the grass as suggested - the road is bounded by yellow lines and on the grass or not you will get a ticket.

Can't mark on the diagram right now, but see above the roundabout there is a bunch of trees in a V-shape. You need to walk along the path to the right of those trees all the way up to where it meets the path that parallels the runway just where the runway turns from light to dark. The "spot" is just where the path that parallels the runway turns inwards and comes closer to the runway.

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Thanks very much Andy.

So if we can't park there is there anywhere else that is close which is safe to park?

Thanks again.

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There is a narrow lane about 100m long paralleling the main road from the roundabout - turn left at the roundabout, then right just before the trees I mentioned before and park somewhere down the lane if you can - there's sometimes spaces along there before you reach the hotel.

Andy

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Thanks Andy, much appreciated.

Taking about hotels, we normally stay at the Travel inn at Heald Green but if there's a hotel on the Southside we might be able to stay there, do you know the name of it?

Chris

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its the moat house hotel, its really good you can walk to where the airport fire station is and take photo's from the hill its about 5 mins walk

been there loads of times nice hotel and breakfast

when u going im thinking about going next weekend the bank holiday

cheers

jason

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Sounds nice!

I think I might be going down on Fri 26th in the morning and staying till Saturday evening.

Chris

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nice, i often go down to the AVP during the day and there at night, then into wilmslow for a meal with the wife, brilliant!!!!!

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Can you have an evening meal at the hotel or is it only breakfast they provide?

Can you have cereals, yougerts, fruit and toast for breakfast aswell as a hot breakfast?

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Just to let you know, the southside is pretty rubbish between 12:00 and 15:00 when it goes to single runway ops, best to get there early, stay till 11, and then come back later in the day, maybe go to the AVP in between.

Ive never been, but I know this to be true!

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Thanks Tom, I'm trying to do a few different thing's this year insted of just staying in the AVP. Thinking of leaving Newcastle at about 5 on Friday morning to get to the Southside for about 9 - 9:30 then when they change runways go along to the AVP for the rest of the day then do the same thing the next day, might also try and get a visit to the terminal car park in.

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Any chance of a lift to the southside???? :D:D:D:D:D

Hey.... you never know :diablo:

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Thanks Tom, I'm trying to do a few different thing's this year insted of just staying in the AVP. Thinking of leaving Newcastle at about 5 on Friday morning to get to the Southside for about 9 - 9:30 then when they change runways go along to the AVP for the rest of the day then do the same thing the next day, might also try and get a visit to the terminal car park in.

Sounds like a good plan, I would like to get round to the southside one of these times.

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Any chance of a lift to the southside???? :D:D:D:D:D

Hey.... you never know :diablo:

I'll be going southside either Wednesday or Thursday morning (9.00am ish), your welcome to hop in if you want GA :)

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Alas, the small matter of earning a living will get in my way.

Thanks a lot, anyway. :)

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chris

Yes, you can have cereals, yogurts, fruit and toast aswell as a hot breakfast. But if you want anything to eat on a nightime you are best off going into Wimslow for something to eat.

There is a chinese on the high street which i would highly recommend, there's also a macdonalds if you like that sort of stuff, or there are a few pubs on the way into wimslow which are nice (Boddington Arms does good food, big portions).

There's also a Sainsbury's behind the high street if you just fancy a sandwich and a bag of crisps!!