Rhossili is often
voted, by those who partake of this sport, as one of the best places to
enjoy hang gliding and paragliding in Gower; Taking off from Rhossili
Down and soaring over the expanse of Rhossili Bay.
If you have any particular stories, photos or experiences that you would
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please drop me an email (details on the contact us page) and I will add
it to this page.
"Saturday October 25th - 4pm: Too windy to take off from 'the pimple'
so my friend Andy and I go for a leisurely stroll down to the beach to
check out the wind speed lower down. After a few minutes monitoring the
wind we decide to try to take off from the beach!
Back up to the car park for our kit and by 5pm we're unpacked and ground-handling
in front of the small ridge right on the beach. After two attemps to launch
and managing just skips and hops I wonder if I'm going to be able to do
this.. People on the beach all seem to be watching... no pressure. I finally
manage to get airbourne (5:20pm) and enjoy two and a half hours of smooth
air, occasionaly pushing out over the sea to practice spirals and wing-overs.
We both land after the most beautiful sunset. Rhossili from the air at
sunset looks amazing. Big smiles on both of our faces. We've just 'stolen'
over two hours flying on what should have been a 'blown-out' day. No other
paragliders in the air all day... Magic."
Wanting to fly in Rhossili?
The main point of contact for anyone wishing to fly in Rhossili and the
surrounding area, is the South West Wales Soaring Club. The club oversees
all Hang and Paragliding activity in the area and the National Trust as
landowners, communicate with them, over all flying activities at Rhossili.
Any safety information, restrictions or rule changes are available to
the public, through the club.
SWWSC Club Contact - Nick Roberts, Tel: 01792 845646
SWWSC is a small and friendly club which welcomes visitors to its sites,
but asks that all pilots wishing to fly at Rhossili should be familiar
with the site rules which are available on the club website and from the
National Trust shop.
Anyone wishing to fly should be suitably qualified, carry insurance and
be members of the BHPA. For those pilots who are not members of the South
West Wales Soaring Club or the Welsh Federation, a small day visitors
fee is payable to the National Trust at the National Trust shop.