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BHPA Recreational Clubs - Hang Gliding

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BHPA recreational clubs look after flying sites in their area, and offer guidance and assistance to pilots at a local level. Clubs also provide the supportive flying and social environment that is so important for newly qualified pilots when they leave the familiar school environment for the first time.

Most BHPA recreational clubs are also coaching clubs.

Coaching clubs are able to offer one to one or group coaching to assist pilots to develop their flying skills and progress safely through the BHPA Pilot Rating Scheme.

Recreational Clubs do not however provide training.

Training can only be undertaken at a BHPA Registered School. But your local recreational club can be a useful source of information about BHPA registered schools operating in your area.

If you're looking for someone to teach you to fly, or would like a trial (air experience) flight, please search for your nearest BHPA Registered School, or view a full list of all BHPA Registered Schools. You may also wish to visit our Learn to Fly page for a better understanding of what's involved.

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You can also view a map showing the approximate location of all BHPA recreational clubs.


Club Disciplines Contact Address Details
Aberdeen HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
E Robert Dunthorn.
Tel: 01339 887 343.
bobdunthorn@hotmail.com
11 Bellwood Drive, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5QG. 14 Sites - all directions within 70 miles of Aberdeen, restricted access. Visitors welcome but must contact club first.
Army Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Paul Bingham.
paulbingh@hotmail.com
WO1(ASM) Paul Bingham, Army Strat/ES Org, Army HQ, Andover, SP11 8HT. Open to past and present members of the British Army.
Avon Aerotow Group Hang Gliding:
Hill, Aerotow
Christopher Jones.
Tel: 01225 319 052.
chrisjonesbath@gmail.com
20 Blenheim Gardens, Fairfield Park, Bath, BA1 6NL. An aerotow club that operates in the West Country.
Avon Hang Gliding & Paragliding Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Graham Richards.
Tel: 07732 863 114.
membership@avonhgpg.co.uk
Sunnyside, Damery Lane, Woodford, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9JR. A friendly club with novice and XC sites and an active coaching scheme. Monthly meetings with invited speakers, flying tips and social events such as the famous Mere Bash.
Cambridgeshire Aerotow Club Hang Gliding:
Aerotow
David Richardson.
Tel: 02085 055 817.
charlie.richardson@thomsonreuters.com
2 Glebe Avenue, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 9HB. We aerotow hang gliders by microlight from Sutton Meadows Airfield, Cambridgeshire. Weekends with some mid-week flying. Good XC opportunities, free aerotow conversions for club members.
Cumbria Soaring Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Ian Henderson.
Tel: 01768 780 297 Day Time.
info@cumbriasoaringclub.co.uk
Fox Tarn, Haverbrack, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7AJ. BHPA members welcome to fly our sites provided they consult the Sites Guide and abide by all site access conditions and restrictions. For more information contact the sites officer.
Dales HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Trevor Birkbeck.
Tel: 07836 342 312.
contacts@dhpc.org.uk
Spring Hall, Grewelthorpe, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DT. Large well established club for hang glider and paraglider pilots. Flying from hilltop sites within Yorkshire Dales.
Derbyshire Soaring Club Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow

Paragliding:
Hill, Tow
John Warden.
Tel: 07990 562 543.
secretary@derbyshiresoaringclub.org.uk
Fairfield, Silverdale Crescent, Sheffield, S11 9JH . One of largest clubs with around 500 members. Friendly club with sites in Derbyshire/Peak District, renowned for XC potential. Members only but m/ship open to all. See website.
Devon & Somerset Condors Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow

Paragliding:
Hill, Tow
Lester Gordon.
Tel: 01823 253 673.
lestergordon@live.co.uk
14 Mill Lane, Trull, Taunton, TA3 7LA. The Devon and Somerset Condors is a friendly club open to both qualified and prospective pilots. We have two dozen sites, both coastal and inland. We also winch and aero-tow.
Dover & Folkestone HGC Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
John Morris.
Tel: 07984 252 271.
secretary@dfhgc.org
2 The Corniche , Sandgate, Folkstone, Kent , CT20 3TA. A small sociable club with a variety of coastal and inland sites around Kent.
Dunstable HG and PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill, Power

Paragliding:
Hill, Power
Zsolt Gaspar.
secretary@dunstablehpc.co.uk
42 Eelbrook Avenue, Milton Keynes, MK13 8RA. Friendly club, around 150 members. Flying all year, every discipline, very active coaching scheme, regular club meetings.
Highland HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Irene Carson.
Tel: 07876 683 987.
icarsonburnel@gmail.com
C/O Carson, Burnel, Balmenach, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3PF. Visitors welcome. Land in the Highlands has many uses and provides habitats for much wildlife. Please contact the club first to avoid interfering with nesting, shooting and lambing.
Isle of Wight HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Richard Perkes.
Tel: 07990 520 664.
riperkes@googlemail.com
The Barn, Dungewood Lane, Shorwell, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 3LJ. All pilots are welcome to fly or join us on the first Friday of the month at the pub at19.30. Contact us at iowhpc@gmail.com or www.flywight.co.uk.
Jersey Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Bruce Carnegie.
Tel: 01534 638172.
bruce.carnegie@yahoo.com
1 La Ville Au Roi, St Helier, JERSEY, JE2 3JR. Jersey Hang Gliding & Paragliding club provides support and promotion for freeflight in Jersey. All visitors please register with the club prior to flying.
Kernow HG & PG Association Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow, Power

Paragliding:
Hill, Tow, Power
Dave Bunt.
Tel: 07989 122 653.
davebunt@hotmail.com
Boslowen, Station Hill, Praze an Beeble, Cornwall, TR14 0JT. Mostly coastal soaring sites ideal for low airtimers, good all year flying. Friendly yet competitive club both locally and nationally. Training available in associate full time school.
Lanarkshire & Lothian SC Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Alistair Bowman.
Tel: 0131 445 4085.
ambowman43@aol.com
Alistair Bowman, 31 Winton Park, Edinburgh, EH10 7EX. Flying club for hang gliding and paragliding over a wide variety of sites in the Scottish Borders, Central Scotland and the Scottish Highlands.
Long Mynd Soaring Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Nick Le Gras.
secretary@longmynd.org
3 Glebe Meadow, Lydham, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5HJ. Long Mynd is an open site - all pilots welcome. Weekend/bank hol. day fee for non-membs. Intensive at times, expect sailplanes & aeromodellers as well as HGs & PGs. No powered flyers.
Malvern Aerotow Club Hang Gliding:
Aerotow, Power
Jason Smith.
Tel: 07966 652 972.
atosjase@gmail.com
48 Park Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3QX. Malvern Aerotow Club is dedicated to Aerotow launching hang glider pilots in the Malvern area.
Malvern Hang Gliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Christopher Hopkins.
Tel: 01242 694 296.
hopkinschris467@googlemail.com
28 Greatfield Lane, Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3QQ. Hang gliding and paragliding club. Social meetings 8pm, 2nd Wednesday each month, the Malvern Hills Hotel. Non-members welcome.
Manx Hang Gliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Phillip J Swales.
manxparagliders@gmail.com
Ty Nain , 83 Fariways Drive, Mount Murray. , Douglas, Isle Of Man, IM4 2JF. Small hang gliding club which regularly flies Manx hills. A lot of paragliding. Visiting pilots welcome.
Mercian Hang Gliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill
Michael D G Daniell.
Tel: 01789 841 208.
totdan@supanet.com
Keepers Cottage, Walton, Wellesbourne, Warkwickshire, CV35 9HX. Amongst the oldest of hang gliding clubs, boasting social, flying and coaching activities many clubs envy.
Mid Wales HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Piers Nesbitt.
Tel: 01686 440 396.
Dollech Barn, Dernol, Llangurig, Powys, SY18 6RY. The club aims to support paragliding and hang gliding in Mid Wales through site negotiation and management, training and associated social activities.
Midland Aero Towing Group Hang Gliding:
Aerotow
Kevin Casserley.
Tel: 07719 761 611.
kevin.casserley@btinternet.com
1 Beacon Gardens, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 7BQ. The Midland Aero-Towing Group operates from Leicestershire by Sibson,on the A444 north of Nuneaton, aero-towing with the AX2000 & Pegasus XL tug. New members and visitors welcome.
Norfolk HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow, Aerotow, Power

Paragliding:
Hill, Tow, Power
Chris Traher.
Tel: 07778 917 120.
t.traher@btconnect.com
11 Clematis Close, Red Lodge, Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 8JS. Winching of hang gliders and paragliders from dedicated site. We often fly 4 days a week during the summer. Beginner courses available on our site with established schools.
North Devon HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Stuart Hall.
Tel: 07925 347 209.
chairman@ndhpc.co.uk
52 Bay View Road, Northam, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1BH. Small, friendly club. Coastal soaring on smooth, safe Woolacombe with miles of beach below. Codden Hill has great XC potential. We have very low subscriptions and visitors fees.
North Wales HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Ian Home.
Tel: 01978 761 235.
membership@nwhgpc.org.uk
The Laurels, Kiln Lane, Hope, Flintshire, LL12 9PH. North Wales includes hang gliding and paragliding, with 140 members. Visiting pilots very welcome. Sites from Conwy to Clwydians, south to Oswestry. Site arrangements with Snowdonia Skysports.
North Yorks Sailwing Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Nicholas Kavanagh.
Tel: 01845 527 802.
nicks_flyingfree@talktalk.net
167 Hambleton Place , Thirsk, YO7 1DN. Excellent inland and coastal sites in and around the North York Moors. BHPA visiting pilots welcome. Club meeting 1st Monday of each month, Blackwell OX Carlton in Cleveland.
Northampton HGC Hang Gliding:
Hill, Aerotow
Philip Osborne.
Tel: 01604 701 369.
philip999osborne@btinternet.com
56 Barn Owl Close, Grangewood, Northampton, NN4 0RQ. Meetings Grangewood Country Club, East Hunsbury, 1st & 3rd Wednesday of month 9pm. Hill flying, aerotowing and paragliding.
Northumbria HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Gary Stenhouse.
Tel: 07890 276 630.
home@stenhouseflooring.co.uk
Stenhouse Flooring Limited, 56A South Nelson Industrial Estate. Cramlington., Northumberland, NE23 1WF. The NHPC consists of a dedicated band of pilots from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the surrounding areas. We have excellent sites in the beautiful Cheviots and North Pennines.
Notts Aerotow Club Hang Gliding:
Aerotow
Tom Ricketts.
Tel: 07813 761 132.
tomricketts@blueyonder.co.uk
Tom Ricketts, C/O St. Georges Community Health Centre. , Winter Street. Sheffield, S3 7ND . Aerotow club existing to develop aerotow and XC skills. Operating from Caunton, 4.5 miles NW of Newark. Mid-week flying possible.
Peak Soaring Association Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Neil Bourne.
Tel: 01782 909 693.
neil.bourne@peaksoaring.co.uk
8 Heathcote Rise, Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 6PW. Foot launch flyers club. Meet 2nd Wednesday in each month at 8pm. See Web Site.
Pennine Soaring Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Brian Stewart.
Tel: 01942 812 507.
stewartbri@gmail.com
19 Littlegate , Daisy Hill, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 2SD. Large, active and friendly hang gliding/paragliding club, established for many years, with access to a variety of hill sites in Lancashire/Yorkshire.
RAF HG and PG Association Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow, Aerotow

Paragliding:
Hill, Tow
Matthew J Tandy.
membership@rafhpa.com
RAF Sports Board, Kermode Hall, Bldg 235, Room 43, RAF Halton. Aylesbury, HP22 5PG. The RAFHPA aims to develop HG & PG through the provisions of equipment and regular sports fixtures. Membership is open to all regular, reserve and retired members of the RAF.
Royal Navy HG & PG Association (RNHPA) Hang Gliding:
Hill, Aerotow, Power

Paragliding:
Hill, Power
Timothy Oatley.
timoatley@gmail.com
Operation Evaluation Unit, 824 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Helston. Cornwall, TR12 7RH. Royal Navy Hang gliding and Paragliding Club for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel.
Rutland Airsports Hang Gliding:
Tow, Power

Paragliding:
Tow, Power

Parascending:
Tow
Nigel Barker.
rutlandairsports@gmail.com
17 Pippin Walk, Hardwick, Cambridge, CB23 7QD. A friendly tow based club offering both PG and HG winching, with conversions catered for. Also offers PPG facilities.
Scottish HG & PG Federation Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Adrian Smith.
20 Cranford Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 7NQ. A federation of all the hang gliding and paragliding clubs in Scotland. Supported by Sport Scotland it promotes improvement in safety and performance by organising competitions and training events.
Scottish Hang Gliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow, Aerotow, Power
Allan Phillips.
Tel: 01786 842 030.
allan@allanphillips.co.uk
6 Cedar Court, Doune, Perthshire, FK16 6JQ. Private aero-tow club open to all BHPA members, based at Balado airfield near Kinross. Also SPHG and microlight operations.
Sir George Cayley Sailwing Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Anthony Dew.
Tel: 01759 368 252.
chair@cayleyparagliding.co.uk
Rocking House , Fangfoss , York, YO41 5JH. Membership open to all classes of pilot. Meetings held 3rd Wednesday of month, the Carpenters Arms, near Pocklington,Yorkshire. All Welcome. Join a very friendly and active club.
Sky Surfing Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Kieron Doick.
Tel: 07880 911 409.
secretary@skysurfingclub.co.uk
93 Redwing Road, Clanfield, Waterlooville, PO8 0LX. The SSC is a hang gliding and paragliding club based in Hampshire. Recreational hill flying with hang gliding & paragliding coaching for inexperienced pilots.
Snowdonia Sky Sports HG & PG Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Brad Nicholas.
Tel: 01248 600 330.
brad@snowdongliders.co.uk
Snowdon Gliders, Yr Ynys, Mynydd Llandegai, Bangor. Gwynedd, LL57 4BZ. Non-commercial club, co-ordinating paragliding and hang gliding in spectacular, but sensitive, mountain flying area of Snowdonia and North Wales.
South Devon HG & PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Neil Peacock.
Tel: 07544 033 560.
npeac469g@yahoo.co.uk
7 Belair Villas, Peverell, Plymouth, PL2 3LQ. Sites in South Devon, Cornwall and Dartmoor. Meetings last Thursday of month at The Oak, South Brent.
South East Wales HG & PG Club Ltd Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
James Price.
sewchairman@gmail.com
73 Park A|venue , Abergacvenny, NP7 5SP. A friendly club with 350 members, 20 sites (unpowered flight only) and 1 SPHG site. Some sites are members only, but visitors are always welcome on our open sites.
South West Wales Soaring Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Nicholas Roberts.
Tel: 01792 845 646.
nicorobs@hotmail.com
47 Graigola Road, Glais, Swansea, Glamorgan, SA7 9HS. A friendly club based around Swansea. Many good, uncrowded sites for hang glider and paraglider pilots.
Southern Hang Gliding Club Hang Gliding:
Hill, Aerotow

Paragliding:
Hill
David Massie.
Tel: 07753 662 475.
clubcontact@shgc.org.uk
SHGC, 6 Hawks Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3BL. Established in 1974, the club provides hill launching hang gliding and paragliding sites in Sussex and aero tow.
Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding:
Hill, Tow
Michael Lake.
Tel: 01603 722 154.
mass@paston.co.uk
Old Rectory , Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6NG . 58 member club flying every weekend either winching or from coastal cliffs in East Anglia. Hang Gliding only.
Thames Valley HGC Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Richard Ford.
secretary@tvhg.co.uk
20 Union Street , Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 3LD. The TVHGC is a friendly club for foot-launch Paragliders and Hang Gliders. We have sites around Hungerford and Marlborough, an active coaching scheme and regular social meetings.
Ulster HG and PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Andrew Jess.
Tel: 07964 330 762.
secretary@uhpc.co.uk
25Gransha Road, Dundonald, County Antrim, BT16 2HB. A club with over 50 members. Coastal and inland sites. Visiting pilots welcome, contact Secretary first.
Upottery Hang Gliding:
Tow, Aerotow

Paragliding:
Tow
Simon Murphy.
Tel: 01404 891 685.
simon@turfhouse.com
Simon Murphy, Turfhouse, Luppitt. Honiton, Devon, EX14 4SA. Promote aerotowing of hang gliders and towing of hang gliders and paragliders. Aerotow and winch tow conversions available. Friendly and professional.
Welsh Free Flight Federation Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Paul Dancey.
Tel: 02920 710 616.
Paul-Dancey@wfff.co.uk
26 King Street, Penarth, Cardiff, CF64 1HQ. The WFFF is recognised by Sport Wales and The Welsh Sports Assoc as the umbrella body for the sport in Wales. Fosters co-operation between Clubs and represents the sport at an all Wales level.
Wessex HG and PG Club Hang Gliding:
Hill

Paragliding:
Hill
Charles Campion-Smith.
Tel: 07968 186 308.
secretary@wessexhgpg.org.uk
38 Prince of Wales Road, Dorcester, Dorset, DT1 1PW. Wessex Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club is a friendly foot launching club with no less than 22 beautiful of coastal and inland sites in West Hampshire, East Dorset and South Wiltshire.
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BHPA recreational clubs database last updated: 16 December 2016 at 15:47:48 PM