Paragliding in the UK | TOAD Outdoor Activities



A paraglider weighs less than 20kg, takes minutes to assemble and allows you to soar like a bird to heights of 4,470 metres and as far as 280 kilometres!

Since its conception in the late 1960s, the sport has developed a global following as an affordable and accessible means of solo flight. Membership of the BHPA and possession of the appropriate license permits you to fly in the UK and most foreign countries. Paragliders consist of an ultra-lightweight fabric wing connected to a harness.


  • Weighs less than 20kg
  • Transport with ease – Packs into 100 litre rucksack
  • Easier to learn than most flying activities
  • Quick to get airborne


  • Limited performance
  • Less stable in difficult conditions
  • Costs same as hanglider

Training & Qualifications

Training offered by all BHPA schools focusses on working towards becoming an independent pilot who is able to make quick and appropriate decisions.

  • Elementary pilot

Learn about the equipment, flight theory and rules of the air. After learning to inflate and control the glider on the ground, you will progress to a slope for an introductory flight.

The course takes around three days to complete and you will learn to steer the glider accurately and land in a designated area.

  • Club pilot

The objective is to develop on your ability to fly independently. You will have to show competence in controlling the glider in varying conditions and normally takes place over 4 or 5 days.


Paragliders are rated into different categories depending upon stability, manoeuvrability and recovery from difficult situations. You must therefore choose a paraglider to suit your ability.

Novice paragliders are easy to fly and provide enough performance to be able to fly safely and gain experience.

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Green Dragons Leisure Ltd
Warren Barn Farm
Caterham, Surrey
DISTANCE: 15.24 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding, Hang Gliding...
Fly High Sky Sports
101 Heath Road
Maidstone, Kent
DISTANCE: 30.63 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paramotoring, Paragliding, Parasailing...
Flybubble Paragliding
1 Manor Close Ringmer
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 42.82 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
Airworks Paragliding Centre
Old Station Glynde
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 45.57 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding, Paramotoring...
Fly Sussex Paragliding
Tollgate Beddingham
Lewes, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 46.05 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
High Adventure Paragliding
Thorley Manor Farm
Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
DISTANCE: 80.52 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
First Contact Active Leisure
Sandpipers Coastguard Lane
Freshwater, Isle of Wight
DISTANCE: 83.69 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Clay Pigeon Shooting, Powerboating, Paragliding, Laser Combat, Sailing Schools...
Jersey Odyssey
Holmfield Avenue La Route des Genets St Brelade
DISTANCE: 94.58 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Banana Boat Rides, Bodyboarding, Skydiving, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing, Windsurfing,...
Pennine Outdoor Pursuits
Wharfedale House Springfield Close Midway
Swadlincote, Derbyshire
DISTANCE: 107.11 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Caving, Abseiling, Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Horse Riding, Hiking, Orienteering, Paragliding,...
Airways Airsports
Airways Airsports Darley Moor
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
DISTANCE: 122.15 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding, Microlighting, Paramotoring, Motor Hang Gliding, Hang Gliding...
Fforest Fields
Builth Wells
Llandrindod Wells, Powys
DISTANCE: 143.79 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, Paragliding...
Freeflight Paragliding
18 Atlingworth Street
Brighton, East Sussex
DISTANCE: 147.16 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Paragliding...
Airborne Hang Gliding and Paragliding Centre
Unit 1 Hey End Farm Luddendenfoot
Halifax, West Yorkshire
DISTANCE: 170.45 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hang Gliding, Paragliding...
Cloud 9
41 Alexandra Road Illogen
Redruth, Cornwall
DISTANCE: 240.97 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring, Motor Hang Gliding...
Northumbria Airsports
11 Sutherland Avenue Newbiggin by the Sea
Newbiggin, Northumberland
DISTANCE: 260.18 Miles
ACTIVITIES: Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Motor Hang Gliding...

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