Paragliding at Reighton from the high cliff take off, is from a flat cut grass are (used for camping and often unusable due to numbers of tents) above a large grass and shrub covered bowl.
A run of approximately 3 miles north to Filey is possible, and several miles South along 400ft chalk cliffs to Flamborough, winds and experience permitting.
Use the low take off for launching in stronger winds. Although it is possible to fly from the lower take off up to high take off, it must be borne in mind, that there
is no safe blow back area.
Low takeoff is a pleasant rounded take off and mostly clear from shrubs and rocks. Pilots should not attempt to make landing approaches to the bottom take-off areas from the bowl behind take-off, as this area can be extremely turbulent.
A number of pilots in the past have experienced collapses in this area, some resulting in in heavy landings in the bushes. Instead, pilots should approach from the sides to make their top landing. This is an extremely difficult place to top land, especially when windy and should only be attempted by pilots with a very high level of skill.
The lower take off area is unsuitable for top landing with hang gliders but top landing is limited to experienced Paraglider pilots as it is very tight with little or no room for error. However, it is only a short walk from the beach.
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Grade of Pilot:
Access & Parking:
Off the A165 at the junction marked “Reighton Sands HolidayVillage”.
Turn right into the camping area at Southern end of Village, park on the cliff edge.
Parking for the low take off is straight past the HolidayVillage and into the cliff top car park.
Outside the main reception building in centre of camp.
Site Rules When Paragliding at Reighton:
A) Check Club website for details of possible limitations on flying Speeton and Bempton cliffs.
B) No exceeding the speed limit on site.
C) If using the top take-off, first person must go to reception at holiday camp and inform them we are flying.
D) No Hang Glider top landings on camp site.
E) Pilots should never fly below ridge height on the high chalk cliffs from Speeton to Bempton. This will bring us in conflict with the RSPB reserve at Bempton.
F) Do not fly past the triangulation point on the cliff edge at Speeton unless well above the ridge height (1000 ft AMSL) for the same reason as (E)
Guidance and Information:
Paragliding at Reighton is a very popular site, which caters for all grades of flyers lots of room in the air with good height gains to be had.
HG pilots need to keep an eye on the tide, as the beach is usually the only landing option. From the low take-off flying is fairly easy with no real vices, and still gives access to Speeton and Bempton cliffs in the right conditions.
The top take-off areas are more technical especially in fresher winds, HG pilots should have quite a few cliff launches under their belt.
PG pilots need good ground handling skills and ideally should be able to perform Constant Control Technique for take-offs. The flying is varied from fun coastal floating to technical ridge runs.
Talk to more experienced pilots before attempting any of the runs. Height in excess of 2000ft ATO are fairly regularly attained, if you can get on to Bempton cliffs.
However a word of warning, the wind will be significantly stronger on the high cliffs, and rotor extends from close to the edge as far as a mile plus down wind.
If you are unsure of the wind strength then don’t venture onto the big cliffs.