Black Hill

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  • OS Map Coordinates: Sheet 191 - SX 763 790
  • Latitude: 50°35'52.5"N
  • Longitude: 3°44'54.9"W
  • Geo ID: geo:50.5979,-3.7486?z=15


  • Paragliding: Club Pilot
  • Hang-gliding: Club Pilot

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Take Off

When flown on a North wind there’s a small clear area near the top of the path up the front of the hill. In light winds it’s sometimes better to launch from the very top, beside the cairn.

When flying on a NW the very top or another clear spot on the NW shoulder of the hill (on a path up that side of the hill) should be used.

Top Landing

There’s lots of space for top landings around the cairn, slope landings are also very possible but the gorse and heather can make that less appealing.

Bottom landing

Plenty of clear landing areas beside the parking areas in front of the hill. It’s also possible to fly right down to the lower road (Band land beside Yarner wood. This is a good option if you’ve parked there and fancy a nice long top-to-bottom glide.


It can be quite turbulent here on strong thermic days, care should be taken when landing, especially if you’re flying a hang glider. If you do fly forward over the valley be sure to keep an eye on your altitude and your nearest landing area.

The hill is also popular with model glider pilots, if they’re on the hill you should go talk to them before flying.

XC Flying

Lots of good XC flying to be done from here, light wind days while frustrating can also result in lovely triangle flights from here.


The short main ridge faces almost due North, if you want to ridge soar then this is really the only wind direction to bother coming up here on. It is however possible to fly long top-to-bottom flights when there’s a light NE wind and thermic flights are possible on anything from NW - N.

The valley in front and the valley to the NW both seem to trigger plenty of thermals.


There’s a track off the main road below the hill which has space for a couple of cars. Further on on the left is a larger parking area.

Sat Nav directions to parking.

Interactive Site Map

Emergency Information

Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue explaining your circumstances.
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 Emergency Services by SMS. Note: You must register this prior to an emergency.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Name and mobile number of who is calling
  • What has happened?
    What is the problem, state of the casualty. Ensure you use Fall from Height and Remote Location.
  • Location: OS Grid Reference Sheet 191 - SX 763 790 or specific location if different.
  • Details of casualty: Name, Age, Address (if known).