Chapel Porth is CLOSED TO ALL FLYING due to nesting birds at the request of the National Trust. This includes the cliffs between Chapel Porth Beach North to St Agnes Head until further notice. This restriction is likely to remain in place until the end of July. The site guide will be updated as soon as things change.
Warning: All pilots should be aware that a top landing at this site is often necessary. If you are not qualified or current in top landings you should take advice from a local club member or coach before flying.
Site Name: Chapel Porth
Nearest Town: St. Agnes
O.S. Ref: SW 700 500
Lat/Lon: 50° 18′ 16″ N, 5° 13′ 53″ W
Wind Direction: WSW – W
Wing Type: HG & PG
RAF Ref: 3.003
Access: BHPA Members
Pilot Level: CP + 20 Hours + Local Knowledge
Resident Club: KHPA
Hang gliding – Graham Phipps 01209 842877 or 07785 593559
Paragliding – None
Site Warden: Graham May. 01209 843380 or 07989 231386
Site Description: A scenic cliff site with minimal bottom landing and only at very low tide.
Altitude: 260 feet
Height Top to Bottom: 260 feet
How to get there: Approaching St. Agnes from the A30 turn left at the mini roundabout. Continue straight on along the narrow winding road. The “main” road bears left where Chapel Porth Beach is sign posted. Keep on the “main” road. Look for the car park entrance on the left. It is easily missed so drive slowly.
Vehicle Access & Parking: Park in the National Trust car park and place the required fee in the box.
Rules and Restrictions: Keep to the well defined paths to avoid further erosion. No access beyond the car park for motor vehicles, specifically, DO NOT ride motorcycles along the footpaths. No more than eight rigged hang gliders to be on the site at any one time.
Clear flying with Perranporth airfield before flying on: 01872 552266 (flying club) or 01872 552856 (café) try both numbers.
- 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: A level carry from the car park to rigging area, apply common sense and consideration for others.
Marshalling: Keep the landing area clear. Keep the air in front of launch clear.
Launch Notes: Start far enough forward to ensure the smoothest air and keep clear of the ruined mine buildings below which cause turbulence.
Top Landing Notes: Land inland behind the rigging area. Keep clear of turbulence from the mine building ruins to the right and the sloping ground to the left.
Bottom Landing Notes: Minimal bottom landing available only at very low tide. This is not a top to bottom site.
Hazards: As associated with a site with no bottom landing. At the north end of the cliff, near to the NCI station, radio controlled gliders are often flown although they will not be visible from Launch. If you are aware that model aircraft are being operated on the site make contact with the modellers and agree the boundaries that pilots will fly within.
Airspace: This site is in a Military Low Flying Area. Be aware of Perranporth Airfield and it’s ATZ. If you are likely to fly inland clear your flying with Perranporth Airfield on: 01872 552266 (flying club) or 01872 552856 (café) try both numbers.
XC Tips: With 400 feet ato the cove at Chapel Porth can be crossed with soarable cliffs continuing south to Porthtowan.
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