Welcome to TVHGC! We are a friendly BHPA hang gliding and paragliding club with sites on the Marlborough and Berkshire Downs.
Our club has 400 members and 10 lovely flying sites, suitable for the Club Pilot to experienced Cross Country pilots.
The club offers a good range of safe ridge soaring sites for novices and some of the best XC sites in the south of England. However, almost all the sites are sensitive and have particular rules associated with them that must be observed by pilots visiting. Whether you are a new CP (hill) pilot just starting out or an experienced XC hound please respect the site rules.
We welcome new members, please join the club, it costs £20 per year and if you are a new member and join after September your membership subscription will last for a year to the following March. If you have any questions, queries or concerns contact the committee or post a message in our club forum where you will find members happy to help.
All our precious sites are becoming more and more vulnerable as the number of pilots increases and there is sadly much ignorance in our community how to behave. We WILL lose sites if we do not all encourage each other to respect the landowners and farmers who have been gracious enough to allow us to fly until now. It is not just paragliders – walkers, bikers and drivers are frequently irritating and frustrating farmers to the point where it is easier for them just to say no, padlock their gates and even to plant trees and hedges to deter people from access.
First of all, read the site guide and/or ask other pilots for advice on each hill. Don’t use ignorance as a reason to do what you want.
Check the website and guide each time you plan to fly in case of changes.
Never, never land in crops. If you are not absolutely sure you can land in the agreed areas then simply do not take off, however desperate you are to fly. This means everyone, not just everyone else except you.
Don’t climb over fences, particularly plain or barbed wire as it stretches and eventually breaks. Find a gate and climb over at the hinge end if you cannot open it.
Be quiet and respectful around livestock – it has more right to be there than you do.
If you see other people acting inconsiderately in any way please take the trouble to ask them to comply with the guide, or take a photograph and let the Sites Officer know.
If you make a mistake and transgress, be honest and own up – find the farmer to apologise to or let the Sites Officer know.
Finally, please appreciate how lucky we are to have access to such beautiful countryside and do enjoy yourself
TVHGC SITES COMPETITION 2017
The Thames Valley Waypoint Competition is now open for 2017. All flights between 1st January 2017 and the AGM are eligible.
If you've soared a Thames Valley site and have a IGC track log file you've probably scored a few points without even knowing.
Enter your flights and view the results at http://tvcomp.xcrt.aero.
The competition is fun, a great way to get to know your instrument and good practice if you want to enter competitions.
Rules and waypoints are unchanged from 2016.