- Our Flying Sites
What’s happening where at our flying sites?
If you are visiting the Island or new to para/hang gliding and want to use our flying sites, do contact one of our committee members beforehand. We will be happy to give you the low down on the best places to fly and the places you should avoid!
Many of our sites are in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or on National Trust Land and can be sensitive. The committee has up-to-date information on any restrictions that are in force (See below for the latest updates).
If you want to see a great video of flying at the various Island sites, take a look at this video by Will Rome (18 minutes long). It is beautiful even to non-flyers!
The usual common sense rules apply:
- Don’t land in fields where there are animals or crops.
- If there is no beach, Do not fly the cliffs! (check Tides)
Our full sites guide can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking here or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Sites Guide Image.
BRIGHSTONE – Please AVOID BIRD ENCLOSURES at bottom of Brighstone Ridge.
RED CLIFFS – Please TURN LEFT when you leave the parking area on the south side of the Military Road.
CHILLERTON UPDATE 1ST MAY 2019 – After discussions with the farmer at Chillerton, our sites officer has established that for Spring 2019 we are able to fly the site at Chillerton. If there are sheep on the take-off please fly sensibly. They should move to the bottom of the hill, but please don’t panic them. As usual please don’t land in either of the big fields at the bottom.
ATHERFIELD UPDATE – March 2017 – Clearance work is going on in the grounds of the old holiday camp. Access is required to the front gate by the site workers so please DO NOT park in front of the gates or obstruct the entrance. As before the Atherfield camp site is out of bounds.
WHITE CLIFFS LOWER TAKE-OFF
This take-off is CLOSED from 1st March – 15th July to avoid disturbing nesting Peregrines. Please ONLY use the UPPER take-off during this period. If you fly to the WEST of the highest point of the cliffs (roughly where the footpath intersects the main road), then you must be able to maintain at least 100 feet clearance from the top of the cliff to avoid disturbing Peregrines on their nest.
- Do NOT overfly the Golf Course.
- Do NOT rig or land on the Golf Course.
- Do NOT cross the Golf Course on foot.
- Do NOT fly if there is any possibility of landing on the beach when it is crowded.
This take-off is CLOSED from 1st March – 15th July to avoid disturbing Peregrines and Ravens.
BRIGHSTONE/LIMERSTONE – Do not drive on the grass under any circumstances.