This is the best overall place for spotting, as it provides great views for aircraft on the apron, landing, taking off and taxiing. Again due to the fence placement, it’s not ideal for photography, however, if you bring a small pair of step ladders, you will be able to get the camera lens over the fence.
The preference for photographers is to get towards the end of Runway 9 where the fence is lower. The more general spotters go further down to the centre of the runway, to let the photographers get clear views. In the summer when it is warm, ice-cream vans are up there to serve the spotters.
If you are coming up from the South, with the Airport on your left hand side, you will come up to the Silver Zone Car park and Bristol Flying Centre roundabout. Go across this roundabout, and you will pass under the runway 27 threshold. Keep going until you get to the next roundabout, which is for the main terminal. Go across that one, down a little hill under a bridge, then take the first left into Downside Road.
If your coming down to the airport from the North, with the airport on your right, you will pass a pub called the Airport Tavern, and the bridge mentioned above will be right in front of you. Turn right into Downside Road.
When you get into Downside Road, keep going straight ahead. You will pass the airport tower and freight entrance on your left. Keep going until you see a red phone box and a sign saying “Tall Pines Golf Club and Lodges”. Turn left there into ‘Cooks Bridle Path’. This is a tight lane so be careful for oncoming traffic and regular tractor activity.
Continue up that lane, past the golf course on your right, down another little hill and back up the other side. You will then come to a bend where you will find the airport perimeter fence, and the main taxiway.