Paraglider captures stunning views over Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall

A man who learnt how to paramotor to help his mental health has captured stunning views of Nottingham from up above.

Since taking up the sport last year it has given former soldier Pete Hobbs a lift in more ways than one.

He has made flights over Nottingham and Derbyshire taking in stunning scenery.

Pete, of Stapleford, said: “I was struggling with my head and struggling with life, and I remembered that adventure training in the Army used to be a thing and I thought I need to do something like that to make me feel alive again.

“I watched all these videos of people on YouTube flying these things and I made a connection that all of them looked really happy and carefree and I thought I need a bit of that so I did the course and the rest is history. It’s amazing up there. The mental health benefits of this are insane.”

Some of his most magical rides have been over Wollaton Hall, during the day and at sunset, and Derbyshire’s Peak District .

“Wollaton Hall with a pink sky was out of this world. I turned around and saw the sun setting over town and there was this layer of cloud which looked just like the sea. It was so flat and beautiful.”



Pete Hobbs has taken up paramotoring to help his mental health
Pete Hobbs has taken up paramotoring to help his mental health

Flying through clouds in York and as the moon was rising at the Great Ridge at Mam Tor in Derbyshire have proved other unforgettable moments.

“It’s way more fascinating than frightening and that for me wins,” said the 35-year-old.

Not so picturesque but nonetheless interesting was hovering over a burnt down school in Bramcote.

Pete, who has recorded his adventures on Instagram and YouTube, learnt the skills needed to take to the sky with Paramotor Training UK in York.



Sunset over Mam Tor in Derbyshire
Sunset over Mam Tor in Derbyshire

“You have to follow the basic rules of air space,” he said.

“I go to different altitudes depending on the air space. You can go to 2,500ft in Stapleford and as we head out towards Derby and the Peak District you can go up to 4,000ft.

“As you get towards Wirksworth you can go up to 12,000ft to 15,000ft if you really want to. The altitude record on one of these things is 21,000ft. You won’t catch me doing that any time soon.”

Once he gets more experience and training he hopes to do tandem flights and urged anyone thinking about it to give it a go: “Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone – that’s where the magic happens.

“You see things from the air you don’t see from the ground. Up there is just incredible. If you turn off the engine and glide you can hear everything.”

His flights over Stapleford have prompted comments from locals, wondering who it was. He has now been asked to do a talk at a local school after children spotted him up above.

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