Thanks to a good combination of wind and hills Wales has some of the best hang gliding and paragliding sites in the world and Abergavenny has one of the best literally right on its doorstep with several other not that far away. So if you’d like to soar like a bird Abergavenny is an excellent place to do it.
Towering over the town to the south is the Blorenge Mountain which has a launch site on it owned by the SE Wales Hang gliding and Paragliding Club who are best approached for tips. If the wind isn’t working for the Blorenge then Hatteral Ridge, 8 miles north Abergavenny near Pandy, is another site that is popular.
If you’ve never flown but would to have a tandem flight, to take a trial lesson or want to take a series of lessons then Abergavenny-based Axis Paragliding and Paramotoring are the people to talk to. Naomi Wilkinson from CBBC’s Live’n’Deadly flew with Axis and a Red Kite called Mr Black from The Black Mountain Falconry Centre high over Abergavenny from the Blorenge.
Even if you don’t fancy taking to the skies, if the weather is good you’ll get to see paragliders and hang gliders up close as they land in Castle Meadows just across from the river from the pub. And, at the end of the day, they often pop in for some refreshments !