Sandymouth, Bude

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  • Paragliding: Club Pilot — 50+ hours
  • Hang-gliding: Pilot

If unsure, check with one of the club coaches before flying.


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When a pilot has not flown the site they must contact an experienced club coach who has flown the site to get a full site brief.

Must not be flown alone and only flown with an experienced pilot who has flown the site fully before!

It is absolutely forbidden to land within the fence of the installation to the north (large secuity fence with the Landrover that will come out to see who is flying. Please show respect, give a single wave to acknowledge them).

After an act of stupidity, there is now a mandatory fine of £250,000 and the airspace will be closed to us!

The full site is rarely flown because of the forecast required.

On the positive side, there are stunningly beautiful cliffs, bays, coves, streams and waterfalls with birds and Falcons on some of the huge cliffs. A rewarding site to fly with a group of pilots.


Hartland Run: Westerly with some North-west but there should be no South-west in the forcast.

Take Off

Lovely smooth meadow shared with public and coastal path. Please give priority to members of the public and do not upset the livestock.

Takeoff has an edge to the cliffs so rotor must be considered at all times. You should be soaring before commiting to going over the edge. There is no slopelanding on the cliffs.

Top Landing

Same as the takeoff field with the same considerations.

Hang Gliders

Hang Gliders can launch as described above however should be aware they will be more affected by rotor from the cliff edge so it is advised to run very fast on takeoff and keep speed on.

The Hartland Point and Back is relatively easy for Hang Gliders when the wind is fresh and between Westerly and West-Northwestery, but and it’s a big but, there are few landing options even at low tide as described in the Hazards below. If the wind eases considerably be prepared to fly inland as far as possible and land. Don’t try and and land behind the cliff edge, you will be rotored in.


Pilots need to be experienced and used to flying with no bottom landing at times.

Bottom landing is generally not very friendly, even at low tide and what may look like a grey beach is actually a rocky beach with rocks that can be a metre across.

Many of the beaches do not have any access other than from the sea by boat.

Walk out

There is a coastal path, it will take many hours to walk out as there are very few tracks leading to this coastline, ye be warned!

XC Flying

Very long coastal runs can be done. Huge cliffs also allow for sea thermals and XC inland.

Hartland Point and Back

Must only be flown with a good lasting forecast between Westerly and North-westery. Must not be flown with any South-west or a helicopter will be required followed by an inquest!

It is strongly advised to fly with an Ordinance Survey map or flight instruments that cover the area.


Sandymouth Beach (National Trust), past Sandymouth Holiday Resort. Off the A39.


National Trust Carpark. Has a café and toilets.
Walk along the coastal path to the left (south), up a slope to the wooden gateway. Walk on a further 200 yards and you will see the takeoff on the knowl meadow (probably with sheep).

Sat Nav directions to parking.

Interactive Site Map

Emergency Information

Dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
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 SS 20412 09825 or specific location if different.
  • Details of casualty: Name, Age, Address (if known).