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SE Wales Sites Guide - Merthyr Common

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Merthyr Common

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Grid Reference: SO 078 036 (West)
Grid Reference: SO 079 040 (North)
OS Landranger: 170

Latitude: 51.723514 (51º 43.41083'N) (West)
longitude: -3.336215 (3º 20.17290'W) (West)
Latitude: 51.727126 (51º 43.62755'N) (North)
longitude: -3.334874 (3º 20.09242'W) (North)

Site Ref: 7.094
Liaison Site Datum: SO 078 036
Freephone: 0800 515544

Wind Direction: SW - WNW (225º - 293º)
Best Direction: W (270º)
Wind Direction: NW - NNE (315º - 020º)
Best Direction: N (360º)

Height ASL: 430m (1,400ft)
Top to Bottom: 275m (900ft)

Minimum Rating Hang Gliding: CP
Minimum Rating Paragliding: CP

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

The track from the north is closed. Use the track from the south at Mount Pleasant. The entrance to the track is approximately 200m south of the 30 mph speed limit sign at Mount Pleasant.


West & North Take-off. Park well back (behind the wooden post on the right hand track), don‘t drive up to take-off to unload. Alternatively use the left-hand track, and park at the base of the hill to the South of take-off. When using this track keep a sharp look out for gliders coming in to land.

Southwest Take-off. Park by the side of the road and carry up.


West. A minimal carry. When rigging or inflating paraglider canopies please watch out for possible hang glider overshoot on top landing.

Southwest. A very short carry up. A shallow take-off for hang gliders from the top of the ridge. Watch out for paragliders launching lower down.

North. Carry across to the trig point. This take-off is mainly used for training.


Top landing areas (A & B) are extensive and fairly flat. Watch out for rotor towards the top of the track on the right hand side. Paraglider slope landings can be difficult because of the steep rough ground, and debris dumped in the bracken.

There is no bottom landing field, but shoulder landings are possible at (C) to the North of the main ridge. The shoulder is frequently used for ab-initio training so keep a sharp lookout, and try to land to the East of the track.


A friendly site, with excellent XC potential. The main ridge has a large capacity and can support more than 50 gliders in good conditions. This reduces significantly as the wind goes off to the North or South, and the lift band narrows. The North face is small and primarily used for training, but can be soared in the right conditions.

When going "over the back" at Merthyr, watch out for Foot Launched Powered Aircraft (FLPA) taking off or landing at Bedlinog.


The usual hazards associated with a cliff edge in strong winds. There can be a sharp wind gradient in the top landing area, and strong sink in the lea of the hill. Don‘t land too far back.

Other rules:

Don‘t land in the sports field adjacent to the railway line, unless it‘s an emergency.

Site status:

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

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