Drone Adventures in Cornwall

Things to consider when having a drone adventure in Cornwall.

PLEASE DO YOUR OWN INVESTIGATION AND DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE I HAVE SHOWN DRONE ADVENTURES OF THESE PLACES, THAT IT IS OKAY TO FLY HERE. Cornwall seems to be a wonderful place for a drone adventure … and it is … but there are some things that you need to know. You need to do all of your usual checks like ensuring it’s okay to fly using the Drone Assist application. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nats.droneassist&hl=en_GBYou need to give the Navy a call (Yes, REALLY!) The Royal Navy want to know when and where you are flying … Yes, If you have a drone adventure in Cornwall (or Devon), then you should call Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose.

  • Operations room phone number:  01326 552415 (or 01326 552000 if out of office hours)

You will need to let them know when and where you’ll be having your drone adventure.

This is for air safety so they can inform their aircraft & squadrons.

The Royal Navy have aircraft flying over Devon and Cornwall, sometimes at low altitudes so they would like a phone call to keep people save.

National Trust Land

I’m not particularly happy about it, but the National Trust do not allow you to take off from their land … there isn’t any rules about flying over their land though, as long as you follow the Drone code.

A great resource to check what land is owned by the National Trust is here:


Some places that I did manage to fly:

Newquay – Flew early in the morning and set off from a building called Huer’s Hut.

Wheal Coates Tim Mine – Flew late in the afternoon and found some non-NT land

You need to be careful as this is National Trust property … Yes, it is okay to launch from a boat!

Looe. Flew from some rocks near Looe Island

Mevagissey – Flew from some land at the side