With somewhere as beautiful as West Sussex, a hot air balloon ride from any location would provide a wonderful views but Fernhurst had that ‘something special’ when we were looking for a launch site.
This pretty village on the Weald just captures the real charm of south east England.
As you rise slowly into sky, you’ll see how Fernhurst was originally developed around crossroads – The Cross – and the village green and is a settlement which dates back to the Stone Age. Look out for St Margaret’s church, which dates back to c.1100.
The patchwork landscape dotted with prestigious country estates and tiny hamlets will rise and fall beneath your basket, with Fernhurst surrounded by imposing hills ruled by the highest in Sussex, Blackdown, at 919ft to the north east.
The terrain also makes it a very popular walking country.
Depending on the wind, you may head north towards Haslemere and on a clear day the urban sprawl of London in the far distance will act as a nice contrast to the rural idyll which will sweep away before you. The south coast and sea beyond may well come into view if your balloon flies high enough.
After your landing and a traditional Virgin Balloon Flights celebratory toast, you’ll be whisked back to Fernhurst where you could go on to enjoy a drop of local ale at the old Red Lion pub.
Leave the A3 at the A333 for Hindhead. If travelling from Guildford, the A333 turn-off is seen immediately as you exit the Hindhead tunnel.
Continue into Hindhead and take the right hand turn onto the A287 towards Haslemere, followed by the A286 to Fernhurst. Upon entering Fernhurst on the A286, take the first left turn onto Hog Lane after the speed camera.
Pass the Red Lion pub and on the left hand side is the car park for the Fernhurst Recreation Ground. Please park up here and walk over to meet your balloon pilot and crew to check-in for your flight.
For Sat Nav users the postcode is GU27 3HY.