Excitement and Serenity in Paragliding: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier Suggests a New View
Have you ever watched birds as they elegantly dance across the sky and imagined what it would be like to be up there among them? It’s one of the oldest dreams people have: to fly through the air.
“You’re on holiday in Pembrokeshire. Leave your problems behind,” says Warpool Court Hotel owner Peter Trier. “Be present in the moment and open the door to a whole new world of life experiences. See just how big the world is.”
Now you can get a taste of what it’s like to fly with Pembrokeshire Paragliding. You’ll feel soft breezes against your cheeks as you float along, enjoying the remarkable Pembrokeshire landscape below.
Paragliding immerses you in the moment. They’re designed to catch thermal updrafts and rise through the air, so you can just go wherever the wind takes you.
Paragliders fold into a bag, so they’re easy to transport on a mountain trek. The benefit? Paragliding down when you're done.
Many people feel they can’t paraglide because they have a fear of heights, but that’s not necessarily the case. Being up high in something that can fly is not the same as the fear of falling off an edge. Think about being on an airplane where you have a window seat, where you can look down and enjoy the view from more than 30,000 feet. Paragliding allows you to feel you are part of the sky without the trappings of an aircraft. Fear of heights ebbs away as you take your first flights.
Let’s clear up any confusion between paragliding and other activities engaged in by adrenaline junkies. There are various forms of flight: sky diving, hang gliding, powered paragliding (using a small engine known as a Paramotor), parasailing, speed flying (or speed riding), gliding, or kite skiing. The differences are in the wing shape and design. For example, hang gliders have solid wing structured frames constructed of aluminum; parasails are really parachutes used by people who are towed by boats.
To get started, you’ll need to find a good instructor. To become certified paragliding pilots, people undergo extensive training, including ground school, countless practice take-offs, and more advanced techniques. They learn about meteorology, aviation law and general flight area etiquette.
Before you get airborne, you’ll discuss with your guide how high you want to go when you get started, maybe less than a few dozen feet over the ground, if you like. While paraglider flights are usually less than half an hour, depending on weather conditions, very skilled pilots can cross long distances. Location departure may be determined by where the winds are. Weather is evaluated on an ongoing basis - the evening before and even the morning of your session. Adjustments are made to meeting times to take advantage of optimal weather windows.
If you think you can’t do it because you’re too young or too old, think again:
- A lady nicknamed ‘Daredevil Peggy’ was 104 when she became the world’s oldest paraglider.
- It’s claimed the youngest solo flight was by Luan Da Silva, at age three.
- Paragliding champ Will Gadd holds the world record for the longest paraglider flight, at 263 miles.
When your day overhead is done, head back to Warpool Court Hotel for some on-the-ground entertainment. After all that flying you can enjoy a spot of croquet or tennis on terra firma, or you can take a dip in the swimming pool. Get in touch to book your stay in one of our luxury rooms or our private, self-catering Garden Cottage at Warpool Court Hotel. We look forward to welcoming you.