Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Scale the heights when you go climbing in Stirlingshire! We are offering beginners the perfect session to get climbing at this outdoor centre near Gartmore. It’s great value for money and everything you need to climb (and abseil back down again!) is included.

Sitting pretty right on the edge of the Trossachs National Park you’ll find this farm estate that is home to this activity centre and a holiday park. It’s just west of Stirlingshire and offers a huge range of things to do.

You’re going to be here to climb. The centre has a purpose-built climbing tower with various routes of varying levels of difficulty to climb. We have to admit when you first stand at the bottom it looks a long way up to the top but you’ll be surprised how high you can climb when you put your mind to it.

Helping you with your first foray into sport climbing at this Stirlingshire venue is Ross the Boss and his team of instructors. They’re all great fun with all the banter and really good at spurring you on too. Safety is of course paramount so there’s always a briefing before you climb and you’ll be shown how to get into your harness and how to adjust it correctly.

So there you are on the climbing wall. You’re making good progress using your hands and feet to reach for the holds. As you near the top of the wall you realise that once you’re there you have to come back down. That’s when you get to abseil. It takes a bit of guts to begin with but once you’re into the rhythm it feels really good.

Having conquered the wall there should be time for you to take on one last climbing challenge. This Gartmore centre boasts a very special climbing tree. Yep it’s an actual pine tree with actual climbing holds fitted to the trunk. Hold your nerve for this one as the higher you climb the better the views of the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond are!

Start climbing in Stirlingshire at this centre near Gartmore and we’re sure you’ll be hooked on the sport. All the gear you need is included in the price of the voucher and the basecamp has free tea and coffee and a comfy seating area – ideal for sitting back and reflecting on the time you climbed right up a tree!

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Nationwide Gliding Voucher

Nationwide Gliding Voucher

For those brave enough to try the motorless thrill of gliding UK clubs offer some of the best airborne opportunities around. You might find yourself gliding over rugged coastlines or soaring over the vast flatness of the fens so we think these nationwide vouchers are a fantastic aerial way to discover new parts of the country through the magical sport of gliding.

These vouchers give you maximum flexibility. There’s no need to decide where to take your first taste of gliding – with UK-wide aero clubs accepting IntotheBlue vouchers you can order your voucher today and let the lucky recipient choose where they go for their gliding experience. With locations around the UK to choose from there’s sure to be a flying centre to suit everyone.

Most sessions last approximately an hour in total including a safety briefing and explanation of the basics of gliding. You’ll enjoy either one or two flights giving you an overall flying time of around 15 minutes. During this time you’ll have the opportunity to take some stunning snapshots of the Great British scenery below as well as the option to take over the glider’s controls for a short period of time.

Our hand-selected range of UK gliding clubs offer either winch and/or aerotow launches depending on the site. Winch launches are via a ground-based cable which pulls the glider forwards at a fast enough pace to create the lift needed to get the sailplane off the ground whereas on aerotow launches the glider is towed into the air by a aeroplane. These tows allow you to reach a higher altitude and offer a smoother more sedate ascent but a winch launch has its own thrill as you are dragged into the air with some speed.

Once the winch or tug plane detaches you’ll begin to feel the eerily exciting sensation of gliding across the UK skies in an utterly silent motor-free machine relying solely on air currents and ‘lifts’ such as thermals to keep you aloft. The views are guaranteed to be spectacular especially on clear days.

For anyone looking to try a new aerial adventure gliding in the UK is sure to lift spirits as high as the sky and this nationwide opportunity is the perfect gift for those with a yearning to touch the clouds. For those preferring to sample powered flight IntotheBlue has a variety of flying lesson experiences guaranteed to delight too.

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Gliding in Bedfordshire

Gliding in Bedfordshire

Dunstable gliding club is a fantastically placed club to take a glider flight within very easy reach of London and the Home Counties. Sitting pretty on the Dunstable Downs once you’re airborne and soaring through the skies you’ll be able to see for miles and miles rather like your own personal Google Earth experience!

This grass airfield is just west of Dunstable town centre. Gliding originally took place at Ivinghoe Beacon in the 1930s but drawing inquisitive crowds every gliding day the club was evicted for ‘spoiling it’s peaceful enjoyment by the public’ and moved to its current location. As you might guess gliding activity stalled a little bit during WW2 but since then membership has really taken off and the fleet now consists of 12 pure gliders one motor glider and various tug planes.

Dunstable’s gliding for beginners is mostly done in the modern ASK21s – tandem planers with superb visibility from the cockpit and well-renowned for being reliable and easy to fly. The collection of non-motorised aircraft also includes a sporty single seater glider as well as ASK23s a 13 and a 24. Powered flights comes in the form of the Pilatus PC-11 and of course the tow planes.

As you climb aboard the glider for your flight your pilot instructor will put you at ease before the tug plane starts to pull you into the air. Once airborne and released (at around 2000ft) you’ll be amazed at the view down below – you’ll see roads you never knew existed and watch the scenery change before your eyes as you glide over the Dunstable Downs.

It has to be said this is a very well equipped and friendly glider club where all members share a common interest – their passion for gliding. Indeed it’s very much a co-operative sport with several pairs of hands needed to launch and land a glider so you’ll see how all the comes together to make for a convivial fun and very active Dunstable gliding group that are only too pleased to welcome new members (and worth noting that you get three months’ membership to the club with these experiences).

Once back down on terra firma after your breathtaking glider flight experience over Dunstable you’ll have a debrief with the pilot and time to take those all-important photos. 

Don’t forget we also cater for nationwide gliding experience gift vouchers at venues outside of the Dunstable/London area.

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Abseiling in East Sussex

Abseiling in East Sussex

Abseiling is a great way to de-stress unwind and escape to the great outdoors at the same time! This abseiling experience is all about feeding your fear as you lean back over the edge and drop down a 30ft (10m) high abseil tower near the Ashdown Forest  East Sussex.

This two hour experience is designed for you to learn the basics of abseiling under the supervision of a fully qualified instructor. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and some abseiling techniques before it’s your turn to have a go.  The enthusiasm of the staff really is contagious meaning you will be sure to have an exciting and enjoyable time.

On most sessions you will have at least 3-4 abseils and once confident your final abseil will conclude with a little catch – you’ll be wearing a blindfold!

From complete beginners to those who have tried abseiling many times before the sessions will be tailored to suit your own experience.

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Gliding in Kent

Gliding in Kent

Gliding in Kent has a very long and proud history with hundreds getting airborne to soar over of the Garden of England through the years. Located on the crest of the North Downs between Charing and Challock this lively and energetic club in Kent is a great place to learn the graceful art of gliding.

This Kentish club is is in fact believed to have been the first gliding club to be formed in England on the 4th January 1930. Of course there was no time for leisurely pursuits such as gliding during the second world war but the enthusiasts got together again and reformed in 1956 with a renewed zest and vigour. The club has migrated all over the county  but gliding in Kent finally settled at its current location in 1961 continuously developing and upgrading the facilities and fleet to remain up to date and modern.

A very dynamic club it has an excellent club house and briefing room for budding glider pilots and for the 150 active members has seven twin seat gliders and around 30 BGA approved gliding instructors. There are 20 tug pilots on the books to keep the club gliding seven days a week in summer and every Wednesday and at weekends in winter too. With the mild climate of Kent it’s perfectly possible to glide all year round.

Many have said that gliding offers the best views of Kent and the coastline. In fact on a clear day you can look out of one side of the cockpit and see the Thames Estuary Whitstable and into Essex whilst from the other side of your glider it’s the views of Ashford the Kent coastline and perhaps even France that’ll have you utterly enthralled as you take a slow graceful 360 degree turn to take it all in.

We are offering introductory taster sessions half days or one day courses in gliding at this Kent club. If you opt for the taster you will enjoy one aerotow flight being pulled into the air by a Piper Pawnee tug plane leaving you to soar high above the cliffs like a giant seagull and your ride back to the grass runway. The half day experience gives you two flights and lets you try both aerotow and winch launch methods.

On the full day session you will become part of the Kent gliding family for a day. See the ‘log cabin’ that gets towed out to the launch area (and acts as mission control on flying days) meet the members have a chat and generally immerse yourself in the world of gliding. Your intensive day gives you an aerotow and three winch launches where you are hooked up to the cable the winch takes up the slack and you’re away rumbling and bouncing over the grass for what feels like just milliseconds before you suddenly lift away and everything goes quiet…save for the sound of the wind whistling.

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Gliding in North Wales

Gliding in North Wales

A really rather special place to take to the air you’ll delight in soaring over the hillsides around Llandegla when you have a go at gliding in Wales. With instructors who are keen to show those on taster lessons just how the sun and air alone can power your flight you’ll learn a lot on these lessons as well as loving the sky-high Welsh views.

This popular North Wales club (or Clwb Gleido Gogledd Cymru in Welsh) uses a winch (cable launch) to get you airborne and depending on local weather conditions and forecast you will have one extended flight or up to three shorter flights during your time at the airfield.

But this isn’t just a aerial excursion to see the sights of North Wales. Once you’ve launched gained height and settled in to your glider flight the pilot may very well hand you the controls so you will actually be steering the glider yourself as you soar like a bird with the sun and air powering you over stunning vistas. Expect to hear words like ‘lift’ ‘sink’ ‘pitch’ ‘roll’ ‘vario’ and even find out what ‘attitude’ (yes altitude not altitude!) and ‘strop’ means in the world of gliding.

One of the best things about choosing to try out gliding out this Wales club is that you become a member of the club for 28 days allowing you to return another day and get discounted flights if you find you’re really hooked on flying! If you are more tempted by powered aircraft flights and taster lessons are available too from our main flying section.

We think you’ll love gliding. This is the best of Wales and there are also great facilities nearby including a B&B and several fine pubs so why not make a weekend of your gliding lessons over North Wales and explore the local area afterwards too? And don’t forget to invite friends and family along to enjoy the gliding fun watching you from the ground.

If  Wales is too far to travel Into the Blue offers gliding lessons at centres across the UK so there’s bound to be a suitable location for you.

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