Dunstable Downs | One of England’s Ultimate Family Kite Flying Locations
If you love feeling the rush of your handmade kite swooshing above your head? Or want to get up close and personal with one of South England’s most beautiful series of rolling downs… Then you might just find yourself heading for Dunstable Downs…. just like we were last weekend!
Especially as flying a kite makes its way into the National Trust’s suggested ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾‘ which certainly inspired this particular visit. (click here for the downloadable pdf) So as this area is known as a mecca for gliders, paraglider and kite fliers it offered us the chance to discuss the science behind lift or the geometric precision needed to give the kite more flyability…. the learning possibilities seemed endless!
Every region should have Something special
Judging by the plentiful supply of other families flying their kites… it seemed we’d made the right decision as our simple yet effective kite soared out some 50ft above our heads whilst the expensive shop bought ones seemed harder to launch. For us, kite flying is not about how pretty but more about how high…. and there’s no doubt the uplift caused by the ridge at Dunstable Downs does that brilliantly!
But on the other hand, it’s just as easy to find a picnic spot and stare at the plentiful supply of gliders and paraglider who soar over your heads….
It really is not every day that you get to stare at over 50 miles of glorious uninterrupted English countryside in one fell swoop. So before you head off for home, it’s worth pausing on the ridge. Sure, your eye might pick something up, but aside from the occasional village this view is pretty much as nature intended…. I wonder if you leave contemplating the financial outlay of a paragliding kit or the thought of purchasing a bigger kit….
so where did we park the bus for the night?
Firstly, your motorhomes will fit into either of the top two car parks (£3 charge) but if you’d rather park down the hill (towards the A5) then there are smaller car parks to launch any bike ride from. In terms of places to stay, we’ve actually never stayed in this area, so can only offer this link and suggest you find something that suits (click here for campsites)