Please note: since this article was first posted there have been many changes to UK drone regulations and many more no fly zones have been introduced. As such, we can’t guarantee any of the locations listed below are still suitable for operating a drone.
Summer has officially arrived and the weather has started to heat up as a result. This means that there are now even more opportunities to take your drone out for a spin whilst the sun is shining! However, it can be a challenge trying to find the best places to fly a drone with all the UK drone rules and regulations to be mindful of.
If you’re looking to get out and about with your drone in between bouts of basking in the British summer sun, we’ve got you covered! We’ve found 10 of the best places to fly a drone in the UK so that you can make the most of your drone, whilst enjoying the summer sunshine at the same.
1. Peak District National Park
The Peak District national park is a beautiful landscape to explore all year round, but it is particularly pretty during the summer time. This is a great place to take your drone for a spin as there are plenty of wide open spaces and green pastures, so you won’t have to worry about crashing into any people or buildings.
2. The Cotswolds
This stunning area is one of the best places to fly your drone if you’re looking for calm and peaceful surroundings to explore this summer. With a range of beautiful parks, trails and meadows to explore, it’s no wonder that the Cotswolds has been described as an area of natural beauty (AONB)!
Make sure to take a trip to the Cotswold way national trail to catch a glimpse of the area’s natural beauty with your drone.
3. Chichester Harbour
The Chichester harbour is another area on our list which has been given the AONB status, and it’s easy to see why! In the summertime you can hire a boat to navigate the harbour and take in the natural views.
Whilst it’s not recommended to fly your drone over bodies of water (in case of a watery crash landing!) there are local areas such as the Nutbourne Vineyards, where you can safely take to the skies with your drone.
4. North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors national park is home to one of the largest areas of moorland in the UK, making it the ideal place to take your drone for a spin this summer. With plenty of uninterrupted green spaces and rolling hills, this place is great for those looking to make the most of their drone’s distance and speed.
Follow the Cleveland Way trail around the park for the best views and sights to explore along the way!
5. Glyndebourne Gardens
The Glyndebourne gardens are situated at the historical site of Glyndebourne which was originally founded in 1934. Every year, an opera and theatre festival is held here, celebrating the very best in world class opera.
Another key feature of the area is the Glyndebourne gardens. Here you can stop for a picnic in the summer sun, and fly your drone in it’s open spaces – whilst being careful to stay away from people and buildings of course!
Before flying at Glyndebourne gardens, it is necessary to get approval by submitting an application to them directly. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to meeting specific requirements.
6. Snowdonia, Wales
According to the guide to using drones by the Snowdonia National Park, small non-commercial drones (under 20kg) do not need a license to fly there. However, all users should take care to adhere to the latest Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) laws on drones. You must also take care not to fly your drone over areas of The National Trust areas, such as the Ogwen Valley in the Snowdonia National Park, as they do not permit drones.
Snowdonia and the nearby coastline is hugely popular with hikers and day-trippers who scale the impressive mountains and visit the quaint villages. By safely operating your drone in Snowdonia, you can enjoy capturing spectacular views of the huge mountains, the wide glacial valleys and shimmering lakes.
7. Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
An area of outstanding beauty, the Forest of Bowland should be on your list of places to visit with your drone. According to the No Fly Drones website, the whole of the Forest of Bowland is a safe place to take your drone for a day out. In fact, even the Bowland Pennine mountain rescue team use drones for their search and rescue missions.
Within the Forest of Bowland, you should visit the Beacon Fell Country Park featuring over 100 hectares of moorlands, giving spectacular views over the Lancashire countryside. On a clear day, your drone may even be able to capture shots all the way out to Blackpool and Morecambe Bay.
8. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
The Brecon Beacons national park is a scenic mountain range in the south of Wales. It’s a hotspot for seasoned walkers, families and drone enthusiasts alike, because of all the activities, walking trails and vast expanses of land to make the most of.
Especially in the summertime, the Brecon Beacons is one of the best places to take your drone in the UK as you can fly it freely and capture some of the UK’s best natural sights.
9. Solway coast, Cumbria
The Solway coast (AONB) in Cumbria was developed to conserve and protect the natural beauty of the area, but it is still open to visitors all year round.
There are plenty of open landscapes here where you can take your drone for a spin, however, you’ll still need to keep an eye out for any wildlife species that live in the area before taking flight!
10. Ben Nevis, Scotland
For the thrillseekers out there, Scotland’s biggest peak will be an enticing challenge to take on this summer. Even better yet, you can take your drone along with you and explore the rocky peaks even more!
The area itself is massive so there’s lots to see and do on a bright summer’s day. However, it’s important to take your waterproof drone carry case along with you, as the weather is extremely fickle on Ben Nevis.
So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your summer by heading out to these great locations with your drone whilst the sun is still shining! Looking to venture even further afield? Why not take a look our European drone tour for a spot of travel inspiration.