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Photo Spots In The North Of England?  
User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

Does anyone know any good places to get photo's of aircraft in the North of England? I was at LBA the other day and there are some good spots there (like Yeadon Cemetary). Anyone know what Manchester or maybe Newcastle are like? (The only thing is I don't drive, so I need places within a few miles walking distance of the airport if possible). Any recommendations for airports a little further afield? Also does anyone know if there are any good photo spots at Schiphol that are possible to walk to from the airport?


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User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6023 times:
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You can't go wrong with Manchester. Has to be one of the most photographer-friendly airports around. Good public transport links will get you right to the action. There are many opportunities to get really close to the planes.

Check out the MAN photos to get an impression of what is possible.

If you need more specific information, feel free to contact.

All the best.


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Depends how you define North of England, but here on the IOM its quite easy to get pics. Just not a lot of variety (unless Euromanx have yet another change of fleet!) But access is good and it's not too far to walk anywhere

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User currently offlinePatroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5984 times:

I was at Manchester, Teeside, Isle of Man and Newcastle last year.

*Manchester is excellent, probably the best for photography in the UK.
*Teeside is pretty quiet and not very accessible, there are some old Tridents and Viscounts at the ire training centre though which can be seen with a long lens
*Isle of Man is very good and open for photography, there is just not much traffic. But can be good fr a relaxing day with an ocasional aircraft to take a photo of
* Newcastle was horrible. I flew out of there to Southampton and to kill the waiting time, we walked out of the terminal building (no views from there) on a parking lost maybe 100m away. In no time we got hassled by an old Security guy who told us that aviation photography is strictly forbidden since 9/11 and who wanted to keep me there for interrogation, however I insisted that I had to catch my flight (which had just arrived) and that he had no reason to "arrest" me. Newcastle never again.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5969 times:


Perhaps one of the best places in the world for photography. Although I stick to one spot the times I visit, there are loads of places to photograph from. Personally I enjoy the Airport Pub, 5 minutes walk from Terminal 3. Offers a great view of planes landing on rwy24R. Aircraft departing rwy24R pass right outside the "corner" of the beer garden outside the Pub. The wings on the heavies practically pass over the beer garden. However there is a fence there, so unless you've got quite a tall ladder (which I'm not sure you'd be allowed to have there) you will have trouble shooting planes on the ground.


Not very spotter friendly when it comes to the airport area itself. But some decent spots for photographing aircrafts on final. For the approach to rwy07, not far from the terminal, simply walk along the road which goes directly underneath the flight path. You'll have a good view of the aircrafts approaching the airport, but once they pass you and land, they disappear behind a hedge. So you won't be able to see much of what's going on inside the airport.
On the far end of the rwy, at rwy25, you get a bit closer to the airstrip than on rwy07. In other words, the aircrafts come a bit closer. Which is a good thing if you don't have much zoom on your camera... Anyway, this spot is rather far away from the terminal area. So a car is needed unless you're prepared to walk for about 40 minutes. However, I believe there is a bus service which goes past the rwy25 approach, to Kingston Park Metro station. Every 30 minutes or so. And the Metro goes from Kingston Park to either the airport, or downtown. So transport should be ok.


[Edited 2005-03-27 13:09:45]

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User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5963 times:


As far as I'm concerned MAN is the best airport in the world for photography.

There is no other major airport that has as many locations where you can get really close to the action. The new runway (06R/24L) is practically circled by footpaths and you can see everything that is landing/taking off. It really is out of this world.

Beware the beast of the Bollin Valley though:


The location of the photo is within walking distance of the Aviation Viewing Park, which is itself a bus ride from the terminal. Level 13 of the car park at Terminal 1 has good views across much of the apron and Terminal 2.

As far as other airports are concerned in the north are concerned, I visit both LBA and HUY fairly often and both have potential. Yeadon Cemetery is good for landing shots and as they line up when taking off/ landing towards the east. When they are taking off in the normal westerly direction, there is a concrete bench I stand on near to the road tunnel, where it's possible to get good shots. HUY is fantastic as there is no perimeter fence! The only problem is the small amount of jet aircraft. There is a lot of GA in out out though. Not sure how to get there by public transport, but I think there is a bus from Barnetby railway station.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5957 times:

Some spots at each end of the runway at NCL

And Manchester isnt Northern England  Wink

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User currently offlinePsych From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 3077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5951 times:
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Quoting Gkirk (Reply 6):
And Manchester isnt Northern England

Now that has confused me  Smile .


User currently offlineBSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

Here are the 3 local airports that I visit with spotting guides





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User currently offlineBSU747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

Here are a couple more links for a few more airports that are further afield


and type in the airport code you require


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