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: None right now.

Site Description: 2.5 miles of sand dunes, with cliffs at the North and South ends.

100ft Black Cliffs to the South end of the beach. 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.

The cliffs to the North end of the beach is of similar hight and produces good lift on a WNW direction.


Altitude: 100 feet

Height Top to Bottom: 100 feet

How to get there: After leaving A30 southbound, head off roundabout in the direction of Hayle. Drive past the Lidl supermarket and turn right at mini roundabouts onto the B3301 Loggans road then, take the 2nd road on left signposted ‘Sandy Acres Campsite’ and the follow the road to the end, The car parking ticket machine (£2 for 3 hours) is on right before getting to carpark – SatNav 50.204919, -5.412569. This parking place is the most convenient as it is only 2 mins walk onto the centre of the beach.

Vehicle Access & Parking:
Paid parking at Gwithian Towans car park – SatNav 50.221755, -5.395190
The Bluff Inn – SatNav 50.196572, -5.428450.
Sandy Acres Beach Café – SatNav 50.204947, -5.412430

Additional Parking.

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 your wing and lines.

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

Launch Notes:Take off from the beach or dunes or, the cliff to the north has the odd clear area for launching. Black cliffs is now very over grown so, not the best for launching.

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 here is way behind the cliffs 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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