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SE Wales Sites Guide - Ebbw Vale

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Ebbw Vale

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Grid Reference: SO 170 060
OS Landranger: 161
Latitude: 51.746527 (51º 44.79162'N)
longitude: -3.203630 (3º 12.21778'W)

Site Ref: 7.163
Liaison Site Datum: SO 170 060
Freephone: 0800 515544

Wind Direction: ENE - ESE (065º - 105º)
Best Direction: East (085º)

Height ASL: 480m (1,575ft)
Top to Bottom: 220m (721ft)

Minimum Rating Hang Gliding: CP
Minimum Rating Paragliding: CP

This guide should be read in conjunction with the site map for Ebbw Vale.
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Road access:

From the A465 "Heads of the Valleys" road take the A4046 to Ebbw Vale, and continue South to Cwm. As you leave the village turn right on to a single-track road alongside a commercial hauliers yard. Drive over the bridge and up the steep hill. Turn right at the top. Continue on past Manmoel until the tarmac road turns to a rough track. Drive on for another 30m until you reach the turning on to the common, on the right hand side.


Park along the edge of the track. Do not drive on to the common.


A 100m carry along the NE track to take-off. The take-off area is large and flat, and the hill has a nice rounded front. Take care not to stumble in the subsidence cracks near take-off. They can be obscured by ground cover.


The top landing area (A) is large, flat and free from any real obstructions. There is also a large flat shoulder to the north of take-off. This can be turbulent if the wind is off to the South.

There is no suitable bottom landing field. Paraglider pilots can slope land on the front of the hill, but should be aware of the rough nature of the ground. Hang glider pilots should make an early decision to land on the north shoulder, if they can not gain sufficient height to top land.


Quite a nice site to fly when conditions are soarable. Wave is not uncommon, and good height gains are possible even in winter. Can be a good alternative to Pandy.


Watch out for subsidence cracks near take-off.

Other rules:

Please do not drive onto the common.

Site status:

Open site - This site may be flown by suitably insured visiting hang glider & paraglider pilots.

This site is flown with the kind permission of the Trustees of the Llanover Estate.

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