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Sheet 190      Grid SX  175 994      
Latitude:50 45’ 51    Longitude: 4 35’ 22

From Launceston by-pass, stay on the A30 until the turn off for Hallworthy ( B3262). Turn right onto A39. Left at Wainhouse Corner and 1st right following signs for Dizzard.

Park on the right hand side of the road where there is an area that can take several cars - opposite a stile with a footpath marked across the fields. Take the gliders over the stile and carry forward to the edge which suddenly slopes away at 30 degrees.

Suitability Hang Glider Pilot with advice*
Suitability Paraglider Pilot - well experienced. A challenging site.

This site should only be flown by pilots with minimum 20 hours experience of soaring on the coast and with assistance from a pilot familiar with the site.

Rig in between Take Off and Top Landing areas. Large flat field.

Take Off
It is advisable to seek assistance in carrying hang gliders forward to the edge because of rotor in winds over 15 mph, you will also need assistance in holding the glider on take-off.
PGs will also need to stand at or over the front edge to get a clean launch.

Top Landing
For Hang Gliders it is necessary to maintain plenty of airspeed on approach all the way to the ground, as wind shear/gradient can be quite serious here.

Paragliders should land well back from the front edge as high risk of rotor.

Slope Landing
There is no practical slope landing option.  
The cliff face is covered in thorn scrub up to 10’ deep which would be very painful to land in and impossible to extract a glider from.

Bottom Landing

For PGs there is little or no bottom landing.

For HGs it is rumoured that there is an emergency bottom landing at Millook Haven - but  no one has been brave enough to try it yet.  A safer bottom Landing is at Widemouth Bay - on the beach and carefully avoiding the public. However this involves crossing an intimidating gap at Millook, to some evil looking cliffs, then landing on a beach over 2 miles away, and then paying car parking fees to retrieve your glider unless you are prepared to carry it some distance from where you land. 


Rotor at the front of take-off can cause problems for take-off and landing.

There is no practical slope landing option.  For PGs there appear to be possibilities, but it may be very difficult to get out of any clearings and back up the cliff.

For PGs there is little or no bottom landing.


Local Flying
300 feet by 2 miles, rising to 400 feet on Long Cliff. The farmer between take off at Cancleave Strand and Chipman Strand is friendly, The farmer behind Millook Common (to the North) does not want pilots top  landing in his fields and may exact an awful price for pilots who land there.

XC Flying
This site is only 11/4 hours from Plymouth and so is nearer than Woolacombe - similar height and length of beat (although ace pilots have reached Hartland Point ). However this site is not as forgiving as Woolacombe and has fewer bottom landing areas. It is possible to fly between Black Rock and Chipman Strand, or even Pencarrow Point on a good day.
The site has good XC potential with 1000’ATO possible in sea thermals - and distances of around 10 –25 miles have been flown from it (as of ’99-’02). Coast to coast should be possible on the right day, with several HG pilots having got across (just don’t get blown out to sea on the south coast).

Last updated   November  2013




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