Having had incredible tandem paragliding experiences in Nepal and Southern Spain, I thought it was about time I tried it out in my home county, East Sussex. Here, the South Downs, ridges, and seaside cliffs provide loads of beautiful sites for paragliders to find adventure and adrenaline. These includes Mount Caburn, Newhaven, Devil’s Dyke, and the famous site of Beachy Head.
After booking a date for my tandem experience, I waited, fingers crossed, to see what the weather would bring! A few days before, I was told by the pilot that we would probably be paragliding at Newhaven cliffs. Knowing the English weather, I was ready for a last-minute change, but Thursday brought beautiful sunshine and perfect wind, so the flight was confirmed.
After meeting the tandem paragliding pilot in the car park, we walked up the path to the top of the hill, the pilot carrying the huge bag containing the paragliding wing I would shortly be flying under. At the top of the hill, we were met by a beautiful view across the sea and white cliffs. I waited, excited about the adventure to come, while the equipment was set up.