Withnoe, Whitsand Bay

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  • OS Map Coordinates: Sheet 201 - SX 401 518
  • Latitude: 50°20'42.6"N
  • Longitude: 4°14'54.0"W
  • Geo ID: geo:50.3456,-4.2483?z=15


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

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


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3 hours either side of low tide

Ensure any car parking or flying fees, likely to be £5 cash, if requested is paid. If the grass is wet, park lower down. Do not rip the grass up.

Take Off

HGs use the top of the hill. In lighter winds this is also suitable for PGs.

This site is prone to a venturi effect due to the valley dropping away behind T/O. In stronger wind conditions PGs use the cleared area to the east of the brow where the venturi effect is less.

Top Landing

Near the crest of the hill to avoid rotor. Never go back beyond the downwind hedge,or you may not be able to penetrate forward again. Keep on lots of speed to fly through any rotor and wind shear.
If the car park is full in summer, an alternative landing area is found opposite Tregantle Fort.

Slope Landing

With this being a cliff site there is little slope landing options, but if the beach is covered then the field opposite the field gate can be used as a ‘bomb out’, but it has many gorse bushes.

Bottom landing

The beach is usable for about 3 hours either side of low tide. The path back up is to the left of take-off. NB. Beware of cross-winds and people on the beach!


Do not fly over Tregantle Fort (obvious large fort to the West of Freathy) when the red flags are flying, as this a military firing range!

Only to be flown over after checking with the MOD on:
01752 822516 or 07817 028790 (try both)
Tregantle Firing Times

Do not handle anything that could be a Shell or Ammunition

Check for wind lines on the sea to confirm the true wind direction. As the wind funnels up the gullies in the cliffs and appears to be directly on to the cliffs when it is not, and providing poor or very little lift.
Keep an eye on the state of the tide as the beach may be needed if the wind suddenly dies, or, for PGs, if it gets too strong (venturi effect) to top land safely then the beach is a benign option.

XC Flying

Once the conditions have been verified in the air pilots may choose to extend their runs towards Rame Head, especially if the wind is off to the west, or if the wind is off to the south, pilots can sometimes fly to Looe and back (10 miles each way).


Ensure any car parking or flying fees requested are paid and if the grass is wet, park lower down. Do not rip the grass up.


A374 to Anthony for 3 miles, fork left on the B3247 for a mile. Turn left at the “T” junction and then next right, after Tregantle Fort, to join the Rame Head coast road marked “Whitsands”. Follow this road 1 mile to Freathy and the access gate is 200m to the east of the hamlet just before a farm track.
From the west take the A38 to Trerulefoot roundabout, and then take the A374 for Torpoint, turning right, after another 6 - 7 miles, to Crafthole on the B3247. Continuing along the coast road past Tregantle Fort where you turn right as above.

Upon accessing the take-off field drive up the track over the brow of the hill and park on the other side, ensuring you are not too close to top take-off. Please keep an eye open for pilots landing or taking off as you drive up.

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 Sheet 201 - SX 401 518 or specific location if different.
  • Details of casualty: Name, Age, Address (if known).