Posted 23 August 2012 by Andrew Gardner
Taking a hot air baloon flight on a balmy summers evening is certainly on my list of things to do. It's funny but when you live here in Sussex you somehow never quite get round to grabbing the opportunity to get up there and see our fantastic county from the air. However now that my colleague Diane Lay who handles all our bookings for us has enjoyed such an experience it is certainly quickly heading up my list of things to do.
Here are a few words from Diane following her and husband Brian's flight from the outskirts of Petworth in West Sussex. I can't think of a better place to start a flight from and if you too are tempted we have some great holiday cottages in and around Petworth to offer you.
"Up, up and away from gorgeous Petworth and the majestic Petworth House and Park, quickly flying high and looking south to the Downs and a distant view beyond to the Isle Of Wight. The gentle breeze took us east to north east gliding over the stunning patchwork of fields of rural Sussex in total tranquility as we headed towards the picturesque villages of Plaistow and Ifold, and across the border into Surrey skirting south of Chiddingfold before hoping to land at the old Dunsfold airfield, home to BBC Top Gear. But since they were filming a commercial they sent us on and we eventually landed in a bunker on a golf course in Cranleigh! A wonderful evening and an experience topped off with a glass of bucks fizz on landing!"
Diane's flight was with the British School of Balooning who are based here in Sussex. We list them within our links of interest should you like to take a look.