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A challenging flight over Port Cornaa
Yesterday I took the opportunity of fine weather to fly over the Cornaa Valley on the north east coast of the Isle of Man. Although the wind was blowing directly off the sea, conditions were challenging, with peculiar turbulence that alternated between a gusty 30 mph wind and then nothing. Presumably this was due to roll-cells being cast off the adjacent cliffs. Conditions were better once the kite reached about 500 feet and my PanGimbal kit with Runcam camera recorded several 2 minute pans around the scene.
These snapshots from the video show a view up the Cornaa Valley and of the beach at Port Cornaa, both popular spots for visitors. Hidden in the beach woods beside the river are the ruins of the Bellite explosives factory whose construction was started in 1890 by a group of Swedish businessmen. However, having failed to secure a licence due to safety concerns, it was abandoned and now survives as a scenic, overgrown ruin.