Hang-gliding and Para-gliding in the Peak District
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are many interesting features, such as wild flowers, well dressing, lead mining etc
Hanggliding and Paragliding
Hanggliding and paragliding are popular sports around the Peak District and on summer weekends the sky around Mam Tor seems full of hanggliders and paragliders, buzzing around like large flies.
Like most flying the hardest parts are taking off and landing. Once in the air you can glide around for ages on a good day, and if you catch a thermal it's possible to travel quite a long way - it's not uncommon for an experienced hangglider or paraglider pilot to get from Mam Tor as far as Ashbourne and trips are occasionally made to the east coast.
In the Peak area there are two active clubs - the Derbyshire Soaring Club (which covers the northern and central area) and the Peak Soaring Association (active in the southern Peak).
More information about equipment can be obtained from the Airways Airsports shop in Ashbourne. They also offer training courses from their Darley Moor site just south of Ashbourne. See www.airways-airsports.com for more details.
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