West Midlands: Warwick Castle
Contributor Tomtank used a DJI Mavic Drone to create this spectacular bird's eye view of Warwick Castle in the heart of England. It's in Warwickshire, the West Midlands county which was the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The original castle was built by the Norman conquerors, with the present castle being built on the same site in the 13th century. It's located on a bend of the Avon River, and its strategic location made it an important strategic location during the Hundred Years War.
Peak District in Derbyshire
Contributor ixnevin used a DJI Phantom 4 to create this marvelous aerial view of England's Peak District, an which mostly sits in County Derbyshire in the East Midlands region. Most of the area is part of the Peak District National Park, the UK's first. The Peak District has inspired numerous authors and thereby earned a permanent place in British fiction: for example, some of the most important scenes of Jane Austen's 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice were set here.
Herefordshire; Symands Yat Rock
Momofoto used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this outstanding aerial video of the Symands Yat Rock overlooking the Wye River Gorge in Herefordshire County in the West Midlands region of England. The area is known for its spectacular scenery including a significant raptor population. The area is home to human artifacts that date to 12,000 years ago, and is just a short distance northwest of the rolling hills of the Cotswalds, one of the most popular spots in central England.
Birmingham: The UK's Second City
Contributor and Marco Don created this brief but well done aerial video of Birmingham, England. The city is in the West Midlands region of central Great Britain. Birmingham is the center of the second largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom after London, and one of its main manufacturing centers. The city played a critical role in England's Industrial Revolution, which is most promimently associated with the textile industry further north but which in many ways started in Birmingham.
Countryside of England's Peak District
Contributor Jasemansky used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this amazing aerial view of some of the most iconic bits of the English countryside. It was filmed in the Peak District, an area of rolling hills mostly in the Derbyshire County of the East Midlands region. It is one of the longest-settled areas in England, and (like most of the Midlands) played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, in particular as the site of the Arkwright cotton mills.
FPV in the Peak District
In this video, contributor and first person view (FPV) pilot Droneruk gives us an entirely new perspective on some of the UK's most famous rock formations. England's Peak District, which lies primarily in Derbyshire of the East Midlands region, is the home of some of the most famous rocks in Great Britain. The unique geological processes here led to some amazing limestone and gritstone outcrops and other formations, which are captured here via some very skillful long-range FPV piloting.
Normanton: England's Submerged Church
This is an aerial view of the Normanton Church in the UK's East Midlands region. Normanton was flooded in the 70's to create the Rutland Water reservoir, part of a hydroengineering scheme that provides water as well as hydroelectric power water to the region. Originally planned to be demolished to make way for the lake, but public protest eventually resulted in sufficient renovation to raise the structure and allow it to survive as an "island" on what is now one of the UK's largest artificial lakes.
British Camp: Iron Age Fortress
Colin484 brings us this drone video of some famous ruins in the heart of England. British Camp is an iron age fortress which is located atop one of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, in the West Midlands region. It is thought to date to the 2nd century BC, well before the arrival of the Romans. At times, castles have been built upon the site, testament to its strategic importance and defensability. The site is a Scheduled National Monument and protected under UK preservation laws.
West Midlands: Moreton Castle
Moreton Castle is a ruined castle in the UK's West Midlands region. It's near the small town of Moreton Corbet, which is in the county of Shropshire. The castle was used to project Norman power, and was an important in the various dynastic struggles which took place during the formation of early modern England. AS Aerial Cinema used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this magnificent aerial view of the castle ruins, which are protected as a heritage site under UK law.
West Midlands: Cobb's Engine House
AS Aerial Cinematics created this beautiful drone video of an important industrial landmark in England's West Midlands Region. Cobb's Engine House, also known as the Windmill End Pumping Station, is located near the town of Rowley Regis. It was built around a giant steam engine which pumped water from nearby mines, which supplied coal that fueled Britain's Industrial Revolution. The station was closed in the 1920's, and its steam engine moved to an industrial museum in the USA.
Staffordshire: Stafford Castle
Stafford Castle was first constructed as a wooden Norman fortress in 1100. In the 14th century, it was rebuilt in stone and a keep was added, an early example of how fortresses became residential castles. The castle is located in Staffordshire, in England's West Midlands. Stafford fell into a nearly destroyed state before being extensively renovated beginning in the 1970's. This drone video from AS Aerial Cinematics gives us an aerial perspective into the keep’s walls and into the region’s rich history.
Whitley Court: Mansion of Worcestershire
Contributor Droneworldflights used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful video of a ruined mansion in Worcestershire, England. Witley Court was originally built in the 17th century, and converted in the 19th century into a mansion of the Italianate style. It's in the town of Great Whitley, a small West Midlands town. The building was damaged by a major fire in the 1930's, and it fell into ruined status when the ownership was broken up via inheritance.
Industrial Relic in Nottinghamshire
England's Midlands region played a key role in the Industrial Revolution which began in the late 18th century. While the revolution is closely associated with the textile mills and mines of Northern England, the fact is that much of the equipment and industrial process knowledge evolved in places like Birmingham and Derby in the Midlands. In this video, you'll get an aerial glimpse of England's industrial past in the form of an old factory in Nottinghamshire, courtesy of contributor jez gascoyne.
Stoke-on-Trent: Midlands Industrial City
Stoke on Trent is an important industrial city in Staffordshire, part of England's West Midlands region. It is indelibly associated with the pottery industry, and was once the indusputed world leader in pottery manufacturing. The area is also known for steelmaking and coal mining, which once employed tens of thousands. Today, the city retains its industrial heritage and is a center for complex manufacturing such as jet engines. See the city from above in this drone video by bsteve.
Derbyshire; Bolsover Castle
Check out this drone video of one of the most important castles in England's Midlands region, compliments of contributor Chris. Bolsover Castle is situated in situated in Derbyshire, in the UK's East Midlands region. The current Bolsover Castle structure dates to the 17th century, although it was constructed on the site of a much older structure. Partially destroyed during the English Civil War, the castle was later restored. It's now an English Heritage historical property.