• About BMGC

About Us

Black Mountains Gliding club is based in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South/Mid Wales.

Talgarth airfield is home to a small but very active club with around 90 members. We operate glider flights all year round and 7 days a week from March to the end October.

The club was formed in 1978 by Derrick Eckley. It has developed over the decades into one of the most well known gliding sites in the UK.

It’s located on the north east edge of the Black Mountains. XC potential from TAL is good, with open airspace throughout Wales and into the midlands. Being a hill site, we have spectacular flying, and for the experienced pilot we have access to over 100km of ridges and excellent wave conditions in most wind directions.

For those looking for a Gliding Experience? We fly over 400 people a year. Many come here having been bought a Glider Experience Voucher as a gift.

We provide gliding lessons for the complete beginner through to expert. We are also running courses for those that want to pack in some more intensive flying time.

The club welcomes visitors and every year a number of clubs run expeditions to Talgarth. We’ve recently reduced our ‘Country Membership’ fee and expanded out glider fleet.

This website should provide all you need to know if you are thinking about a Gliding Experience flight, interested in getting started in gliding or planning a visit to fly at Talgarth.

If you have any queries that are not covered here then please get in touch with us.

Important Notice: Corona Virus [COVID-19]


** Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 - Black Mountains Gliding Club and Airfield is now closed other than for essential maintenance.

We are monitoring emails to the club. And if it is urgent you may also use the Contact Us form on this website.

The current position with regard to Flight Vouchers and Courses is this:

Trial Lessons already booked are now cancelled. We've endeavored to contact voucher holders. If you've not been contacted please accept our apologies. 
Vouchers for Trial Lessons and Air Experience Flights will have their expiry dates extended by 12 months.
Training Courses are under review depending on when they are scheduled for, and attendees will be contacted as required. The ones planned through to June have been cancelled!
We will not be able to take new voucher bookings until further notice. When we are up and running again we will have a significant backlog.
We look forward to meeting and flying you as soon as it is practicable and such difficult times are behind us!