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SE Wales Sites Guide - Garth Hill

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Garth Hill

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Grid Reference: ST 113 836
OS Landranger: 171
Latitude: 51.544299 (51º 32.65795'N)
longitude: -3.280484 (3º 16.82903'W)

Site Ref: 7.079
Liaison Site Datum: ST 113 836
Freephone: 0800 515544

Wind Direction: ENE - SSE (067º - 135º)
Best Direction: E (090º)

Height ASL: 250m (820ft)
Top to Bottom: 200m (670ft)

Minimum Rating Hang Gliding: CP
Minimum Rating Paragliding: Pilot

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

By minor roads from Pentyrch.


Turn right onto the narrow road that runs along the base of the hill, and park in the lay-by. This road is subject to subsidence, and is sometimes inaccessible from Gwaelod-y-Garth. Carry up the SE side of the hill (quite steep).


There are two take-off areas, Southeast and East. Access to both is by foot only, a long hard carry up. Beware of rotor behind the East take-off.


The top landing area (A) is quite large and fairly flat. But the steep slope of the front of the hill makes paraglider slope landings difficult.

The bottom landing field (B) is on the East side, and can be difficult to reach if winds are off to the North. This is especially true for paragliders. Low power cables run through the middle of the undulating bottom landing field, and along the road. Do not pass gliders over the hedge, the owner lives in the adjacent farm. Please carry gliders out via the farm track.


This site is rarely flown and has limited capacity, a maximum of two gliders soaring at any one time. The site can provide pleasant flying in light evening winds, but in strong winds can be turbulent behind the trees and quarries.


The bottom landing field is tricky, and well worth a pre flight visit.

Other rules:

Do not land in fields on the Southeast side.

Site status:

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

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