"We have known Andrew Pearse for almost twenty years, and he has traded with us since he first set up Flying Frenzy. Quite apart from being a thoroughly good bloke and a sickeningly brilliant pilot, Andrew seems to have the ability to turn out very competent pilots. We always recommend him to people looking for a school, because we know they will get the best service." Simon Murphy, Firebird UK .
XC weather is one of the most useful sites around - it shows you at a glance what the wind is up to and even has a detailed wind forecast for the next few days. Portland and Yeovilton are the stations closest to our hills. Always add a bit to get an idea of the wind speed out on the hills. Recently it seems safe to double what it says at Yeovilton (especially for Telegraph and Eggardon).
Met Office rain radar - shows where it is raining across the county and is usually updated every half hour.
BBC local forecast - A quick forecast for our area. Note the wind speeds are usually very much higher than the BBC suggest. If it doesn’t come up with our area forecast type ‘DT2’ in the find a forecast box.
RASP - This is a rather technical site but an absolute mine of information available.
Bell Hill Weather station Live weather direct from Bell Hill
Once you have achieved your Club Pilot rating you will need to join a club and it will most likely be one of these.
(Geographically Flying Frenzy PARAGLIDING sits between the Wessex and Condors clubs.)
Devon and Somerset Condors
The Condors have a great selection of cliff sites from West Bay all the way round to Exmouth as well as many inland.
Wessex HPG club
Wessex members fly sites from near Weymouth to East Dorset and the club actually owns Bell Hill, one of the best XC sites in the south of England.
North Devon Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club
This club have a great cluster of sites in North Devon including the amazing Woolacombe
South Devon Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club
They have some very nice coastal sites and have access to Dartmoor’s flyable areas
To the North of us with sites ranging from South Wiltshire to Gloucestershire, including some of the country’s best XC sites
The BHPA is our sport's overseeing body and has an informative and useful site.
Being such a popular tourist destination there is a wide range of places you can stay if you are visiting. Have a look at some of these.
Chesil Beach Lodge
Highlands End Holiday Park