GLOSSOP - Glossop is one of the largest commuter towns in Derbyshire sitting at the foothills of the Pennines. Served by a number of major road and rail links this town is one of the most useful VRPs on the eastern edge of the Manchester CTR. A large mill is situated in the centre of Glossop and is clearly visible during periods of good visibility. This VRP actually sits inside the Manchester CTR. The edge of controlled airspace changes orientation close to Glossop making this a vital VRP for navigation in the area.
To the north are the Woodhead Reservoirs. These are a collection of five reservoirs running alongside the Woodhead Road which runs west to east. At least two of the western most reservoirs are inside the Manchester CTR. The eastern most reservoirs are in Class G airspace however they sit underneath Manchester CTA 3 which has a base of 3000ft.
To the east is another major road called the A57 Snake Pass. This road links Glossop with Sheffield via Ladybower Reservoir.
To the west are the commuter towns of Broadbottom and Mottram in Longdendale. Even further west you may see the centre of Manchester as well as the surrounding conurbations.
To the south is the sprawling countryside of the Peak District dotted with small villages and towns. Kinder Scout is a prominent landmark rising to an elevation of 2087ft amsl. This is the highest point in the Peak District.
BASE OF CONTROLLED AIRSPACE - 3000ft Manchester QNH.
HELPFUL HINT - If operating in this area and intending to remain outside controlled airspace you may monitor Manchester Radar on 118.580 and squawk the Frequency Monitoring Code of 7366. It is not best practice to get a service London Information or use the Barnsley Regional Pressure Setting when underneath the Manchester TMA.