Hayle Towans

Warning: All pilots should be aware that top landing at this site should be avoided due to rotor. At high tide the beach is very small so great care must be taken.

Site Name: Hayle Towans

Nearest Town: Hayle

O.S. Ref:

Lat/Lon: 50° 12′ 17″ N,   5° 25′ 02″ W

Wind Direction: NW (needs to be 10mph plus)

Wing Type: PG Mainly (Paragliding although desperate hanglider pilots may wish to try…)

RAF Ref: 3.001

Access: BHPA members

Pilot Level: CP+

Resident Club: KHPA

Club Contact:

Hang gliding – Graham Phipps 01209 842877 or 07785 593559

Paragliding – None

Site Warden: Duncan Collyer 07961 033573

Site Description: 80ft – 100ft Black Cliffs. This cliff is the one in front of Haven Holiday Park. This is the best place to stay up on the towans if it’s a light North West direction.
It’s the highest part of the towans and has a good bowl in the cliff that produces some good lift.

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Altitude: 100 feet

Height Top to Bottom: 100 feet

How to get there: Drive through Hayle and turn off towards ‘The Towans’. Follow road through Phillack and up and onto the towans built up area. Drive as far as you can on this road until you get to the Hayle ‘Bluff Inn’. Park at the ‘Bluff Inn’ it’s the safest place to park and then it’s then a 5min walk to take off.

Vehicle Access & Parking: Very good.

Rules and Restrictions:

Whilst Flying:

  • Do not unnecessarily hang around above peoples properties.
  • Respect people’s privacy and do not take photos of their properties.
  • Do not eject any material into any properties.
  • Do not shout down to any members of the public regardless of provocation.

Rigging Notes: Use common sense and consideration for others. There are people that will walk over you wing if you leave it on the launch because of the foot path (so don’t).

Marshalling: Keep the landing area clear. Keep the
air in front of launch clear.

Launch Notes: Take off is next to the look out bomb thingy to the right of the cliff as you are looking out to sea. Take off is a little path that has a few pot holes.

Top Landing Notes: Pilots are advised to always land on the beach.

Bottom Landing Notes: Anywhere on the sandy beach at LOW tide.

Hazards: Military low flying. ROTOR is here way behind take off so watch out. No beach landings when tide is in.

XC Tips: Virtually none…unless you are lucky enough to catch a sea/land thermal popping off St Ives drifting on a Westerly wind which triggers off The ‘Black Cliffs’ site between October and April…….NO ONE HAS XC’d from Hayle yet

Met Services: Dialmet is available for RAF St. Mawgan and RNAS Culdrose.

All information is for guidance only. All pilots must make their own assessment of the site.

Don’t Forget: Military Freephone for midweek flying.
0800 51 55 44

Red Arrows, Royal Flights and TRAs.
0500 35 48 02

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