Peak District Air Sports

The Peak District National Park Authority has taken significant steps in regards to becoming known as one of the premier places in the country for cycling and hiking, though less is known about the opportunity for visitors to pursue sports in the air.  Air sports include gliding, paragliding and hang gliding, and the Peak District provides one of the best natural environments for such sports due to the outstanding scenery on offer.

Those interested in getting involved in air sports should contact one of the many British Hang-gliding and paragliding association accredited schools within the park.  Complete beginners to the sport should visit the gliding centre in Great Hucklow, which offers a range of different courses.  Beginners who do not wish to undergo comprehensive training can book tandem flights with qualified instructors.

Of course many visitors to the park may just wish to just watch other perform air sports.  Mam Tor provides one of the best vantage points due to its commanding position overlooking both Castleton and the Hope valley which are major centres for recreational air sport enthusiasts.

Visitors to the Peak District are also fortunate that the majority of air sports sites are well connected by public transport.