South Downs paragliding experience, Glynde, England

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Environment
Paragliding is a great way to entertain yourself, discover the beautiful landscape and have very little impact on the environment whilst doing do. The technique used for paragliding is fundamentally solar powered, in the form of dynamic lift from the wind and thermal life from the sun. The gliders don’t use an engine, so are not using up any resources other than what is used to arrive to the site and to make the gliders. There aren’t many other ways of exploring the beautiful South Downs National Park without using fuel, and by paragliding you get a whole new angle and perspective of the beautiful landscape below. If the weather is unfortunate and we cannot fly, we can always send you to the nearest cycle hire so you can explore on the ground. Our base is right by Glynde train station so it is really easy for people to arrive to us by public transport. We have a 9 seater bus that we use to take people to the flying sites and we prefer it if people who have arrived driving leave there cars at base, so only one vehicle is driven to the site itself.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

As a business based in a small village we of course support the local events, such as fetes, flower shows and other various community projects. People often ask us to donate prizes for fundraising and charity events and we’ll generally donate something from our shop of paragliding stuff. When people are coming to do courses that are over a few days or a week, there are local places that we can recommend for people to stay. There are a few campsites in the area, some B&B’s in Glynde, or one train stop away in Lewes there are more B&B’s. It’s great to know that we are helping other local businesses by bringing people to stay in the area. We have a small café that is generally only staffed when the paragliding school are having lunch, but it is also open to the public and is staffed at the weekends. If the students aren’t having some freshly baked bread from the Blind Baker here in the café, we’d recommend heading to The Trevor Arms next door, or over in Firle there is the Ram Inn, which does some delicious food.

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