Take to the Skies
Give in to your adventurous spirit and feel the breeze on your face as you soar high above the South Downs.
See the stunning landscape from a new perspective and experience bracing views of the iconic rolling downlands across the weald and out to the English Channel.
There are several paragliding training centre across the eastern South Downs that offer courses from beginners to advanced pilot. Take the train from Lewes to Glynde Station where two schools are situated nearby. Airworks Paragliding Centre is based next to Glynde Station. Fly Sussex is a 5 minute walk from Glynde Station on the A27.
Remember to book in advance and plan well ahead.
|Distance||4 miles from Lewes to Glynde railway station. However, the launch site will depend on which provider you choose, the course level and the weather conditions. You could launch into the skies close by the training centre, or be taken by minibus to a suitable location.|
|Duration||Check times and duration of your training course online and book in advance.|
|Directions – Train||Hourly train from Lewes railway station to Glynde takes around 5 minutes.|
|Directions – Bus||Compass bus service 125 (Mon to Fri) and Cuckmere bus 125 (Sat) from Lewes bus station takes around 10 minutes to Glynde Post Office.|
|Directions – Walk or Cycle||Follow Regional Route 90 from Lewes to Glynde rail station and the A27.
The annual Brighton Kite Festival is held at Stanmer Park in July. Check the dates online and take the train from Lewes to Falmer. Cross the underpath from Falmer railway station to Stanmer Park where you will see a colourful display of kites made in the children’s workshop, Indian and rokkaku kite fighting, as well as team and single flying from some of the world’s best sport kite flyers.
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If you fancy a more sedate flight, an afternoon kite flying on the ridges near Ditchling Beacon with views over the Downs and plenty of breeze is great fun.
Keep your feet on the ground as you watch the colourful paragliders soar above Devils Dyke, another great location to fly your kite.
Take the train from Lewes to Brighton and hop on a Breeze up to the Downs bus to Devil’s Dyke or Ditchling Beacon.
EXTEND YOUR VISIT
- Airworks Paragliding Centre
- Fly Sussex
- Brighton Kite Festival
- Ditchling Beacon
- Devils Dyke
- Breeze up to the Downs
- Birds Eye View
- South Downs Way