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SE Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Sites Guide


SE Wales Sites Guide


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The hills of SE Wales can provide some of the best hang gliding and paragliding in the UK. Please use this sites guide to help you choose the most appropriate flying site for your level of experience and the prevailing conditions.

Suitably experienced visiting pilots are always welcome on our open sites. But, unless otherwise stated in this guide, "Members Only" sites may only be flown by members of the SE Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club Ltd. Club membership is only £22 per year, and you can join on-line now by completing our membership application form.

All UK pilots flying SE Wales sites must be members of the BHPA to ensure that they have adequate third party insurance cover. Visiting pilots from abroad must also be able to demonstrate that they have adequate third party insurance when flying our sites.

Access to SE Wales flying sites is often subject to agreements with graziers, landowners, and farmers, and site rules are often introduced to comply with their requirements. Please help us to maintain access by behaving responsibly, and observing site rules at all times.

Foot Launched Powered Aircraft

Bedlinog is the only SE Wales site where foot launched powered aircraft are permitted, and is a Members Only site. Bedlinog can therefore only be flown by members of the SE Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club and members of the Welsh Free Flight Federation.

Pilots of Foot Launched Powered Aircraft (FLPA) should not attempt to take off, soar, or land at any other SE Wales flying site. Most existing site agreements are for "quiet air sports only", and often specifically exclude use of the site by powered aircraft.

Using this Guide

The maps above and below show the approximate location of all flying sites registered by the SE Wales Hang Gliding & Paragliding Club.

To display a detailed guide for a particular flying site, please click the appropriate glider symbol on the map below.
Alternatively you can scroll down to the list of flying sites at the bottom of the page, and click on the name of the site.


  Hay Bluff Pandy Sugar Loaf The Blorenge Blaenavon Cwmbran (Mountain Air) Cwmbran (Fairwater) Rhigos Machen Garth Hill Mynydd Meio Ebbw Vale Abertysswg Pontlottyn Fochriw Merthyr Common Bedlinog Nant-y-Moel Cwmparc
SE Wales Sites Location Map

 
For detailed information about a particular SE Wales flying site, please click on appropriate glider symbol on the map above, or the site name in the table below.

  Site Wind
Direction
HG
Rating
PG
Rating
Site
Ref
Grid
Ref
Latitude
& Longitude
RASP Site Status
  1 Abertysswg W - NW CP Pilot 7.053 SO 141 059 51.745190, -3.245600 Blipspot
SkewT
51.80204,-3.19635
Open Site
  2 Blaenavon NNE - ENE CP CP 7.055 SO 218 098 51.781378, -3.134975 Blipspot Main Params
Blipspot Wind Speed
51.80204,-3.19635
Club members only
  3 Blorenge WNW - SE CP CP 7.002 SO 275 122 51.803721, -3.052867 Blipspot2
SkewT2
51.83405,-3.03133
Open Site
Castle Meadows is the only bottom landing field.
  4 Cwmbran (Fairwater) ESE - SSE Pilot Pilot 7.165 ST 262 954 51.652527, -3.068151 Blipspot
SkewT
51.59811,-3.09294
Club members & WFFF members only
  5 Cwmbran (Mountain Air) SE - S CP Pilot 7.166 ST 268 977 51.673281, -3.059962 Blipspot
SkewT
51.70008,-3.14452
Club members & WFFF members only
  6 Cwmparc NNE - ENE Pilot Pilot 7.074 SS 932 951 51.644523, -3.544904 Blipspot
SkewT
51.63549,-3.47305
Club members & WFFF members only
  7 Ebbw Vale ENE - E CP CP 7.163 SO 170 060 51.746527, -3.203630 Blipspot
SkewT
51.80204,-3.19635
Open Site
No bottom landing field
  8 Fochriw WSW - NW PG Only CP 7.164 SO 098 048 51.734626, -3.307580 Blipspot
SkewT
51.76979,-3.36111
Club members & WFFF members only
  9 Garth Hill ENE - SSE CP Pilot 7.079 ST 113 836 51.544299, -3.280484 Blipspot
SkewT
51.56603,-3.25697
Open Site
10 Hay Bluff WNW - NNW
N - NE
CP CP 7.005 SO 238 356 52.013574 -3.111700 Blipspot
SkewT
52.03816,-3.13502
Club members only
11 Machen SE - S
NE
Pilot Pilot 7.090 ST 224 900 51.603471, -3.121869 Blipspot
SkewT
51.59811,-3.09294
Club members & WFFF members only
12 Merthyr SW - WNW CP CP 7.094 SO 078 036 51.723514, -3.336215 Blipspot
SkewT
51.76979,-3.36111
Open Site
No bottom landing field. Vehicular access from south only
13 Mynydd Meio SSW - WSW CP CP 7.100 ST 114 883 51.586564, -3.280229 Blipspot
SkewT
51.56603,-3.25697
Open Site
14 Nant-y-Moel SSW - WSW Pilot CP 7.104 SS 944 938 51.633066, -3.527175 Blipspot
SkewT
51.63549,-3.47305
Club members & WFFF members only
15 Pandy NE - ESE CP CP 7.003 SO 318 234 51.904946, -2.992728 Blipspot
SkewT
51.93610,-3.08305
Club members & WFFF members only
Park in field before the gate
16 Pontlottyn NNE - NE CP CP 0.000 SO 116 051 51.737610, -3.281598 Blipspot
SkewT
51.76979,-3.36111
17 Rhigos NW - NNE Pilot Pilot 7.110 SN 926 031 51.716312, -3.556036 Blipspot
SkewT
51.73728,-3.52562
Open Site
18 Sugar Loaf SSE - SSW Pilot Pilot 7.039 SO 271 166 51.843223, -3.059595 Blipspot
SkewT
51.83405,-3.03133
Club members & WFFF members only
18 Talybont NE - SW CP CP   SO 058 191 51.862502, -3.369376 Blipspot
SkewT
51.87167,-3.41357
Open Site
Very long walk up
  Site Wind
Direction
HG
Rating
PG
Rating
Site
Ref
Grid
Ref
Latitude
& Longitude
RASP Site Status
19 Bedlinog N/A CP CP 7.119 SO 101 035 51.722989, -3.302901 Blipspot
SkewT
51.66791,-3.30891
FLPA pilots only
Club members & WFFF members only


The following flying sites are managed by neighbouring clubs. Please contact the resident club before flying any of these sites, and always follow their published site rules.

  Site Wind
Direction
HG
Rating
PG
Rating
Grid
Ref
Latitude
& Longitude
RASP Resident Club
   Longmynd WSW - WNW CP CP SO 404 918 52.5211 -2.8786 Blipspot
SkewT
52.54240,-2.84213
Longmynd Soaring Club

RASP

To view a RASP (Regional Atmospheric Soaring Prediction) for any of the sites listed above, please click on the appropriate link in the RASP column. NB. The Latitude and Longitude of the location used by each Blipspot and SkewT link is shown below the links because that particular Blipspot or SkewT graph can sometimes cover more than one flying site.

All RASP data is courtesy of Sailplane pilot Paul Scorer and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Further information about the parameters of Blipspots and Blipmaps, which are largely identical, and the interpretation of Blipspots, Blipmaps, and SkewT graphs (RASP Soundings) are available in English on the Soaring Meteo web site:
The interpretation of RASP Charts (BLIPMaps)
Practical Interpretation of RASP Soundings

General Notes

All latitude and longitude co-ordinates have been calculated from the OS Grid References which may result in minor errors in the actual location they represent on the ground.

If you require further advice about a particular SEWHG&PGC site, related to your own level of skill and experience, please contact a Club Coach.
Please report all accidents to the Club Safety & Training Officer and the BHPA.
Please use the following link to download a BHPA Incident Report Form:
BHPA Incident Report Form

Copyright Notice

This web site makes extensive use of maps to assist pilots wishing to fly SE Wales sites or attend meetings and events, etc. These should not be copied or used for any other purpose.

Unless otherwise indicated, the base maps used on this web site are reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey®
on behalf of The Controller of Her Majesty‘s Stationary Office.
© Crown Copyright 2002. All rights reserved. Licence number AL 100037852.



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