"A big-big thank you goes out to you Andrew, for helping those of us that are yet to become Sky-Gods. We are all part of your ever growing family."
Our training sites are situated inland from the beautiful Jurassic Coast area of West Dorset. We have hills that cater for most wind directions (Easterly being our most limited) and enjoy probably the best proportion of flyable days across all of southern England. Each flying day we meet up on the hill we will be training on. Our four most frequently used sites are listed below.
Have a look at our sites on Google maps. Click on a pin to get the location of the parking or the hill itself with a bit of explanatory text. You can click on the "Get directions" button to have Google work out a route for you.
For your SatNav you can download the Flying Frenzy sites list for SatNav
Swyre Hill is a smaller hill overlooking the sea near the village of West Bexington (home of the Dorset Naga, world's hottest chilli pepper!) The proximity to the sea make for smooth dependable winds and in the summer we often come here to fly in the sea breeze. The best wind direction is WSW.
Eggardon is a medium sized hill set on the side of one of West Dorsetís most impressive ancient British hill fort. Looking out from the hill you see one of the most unspoilt and quiet part of Dorset. The best wind direction is NNE.
Tenants Hill is set at the top of the Bride valley with stunning views down to the coast at Burton Bradstock and West Bay - made famous by the Broadchurch TV series. It is a bit of a trek to get to - a mile and a half up an ancient track - but is a great training site that takes more wind than Bell and gives good flying with winds from WNW to N.
New Lane is just opposite Swyre hill and has two slopes one for SE winds looking straight over to Portland and the other (Lime Kiln) for SSW which looks straight out to sea.
Wessex Club Sites
We now have permission to train on three of the Wessex Club sites. With these we need to adhere to the Clubs rules and stay aware of any site updates, so please check here: www.wessexhgpg.org.uk/Sites/site-news.htm
Bell Hill is a wonderful NWerly hill. Great for soaring and side landings and a good place to watch experienced pilots thermal and head off cross-country. www.wessexhgpg.org.uk/Sites/Siteguide/BellHill.pdf
White Horse is just inland near Weymouth. A great spot for top landings though a bit of a stroll from the parking! Best direction is just W of South. www.wessexhgpg.org.uk/Sites/Siteguide/WhiteHorse.pdf
Friar Waddon is a lovely site. Good for a S breeze. Not quite as big as the White Horse, but less scrub on the slope so better for side landing and less of a daunting walk back up. There are some large power pylons on the west end of the ridge so stay well clear!. (A great place to stock up for eggs - Friar Waddon eggs)