About A470 Soaring

This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.

This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.

There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.

If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at steve.houghton59@gmail.com . I look forward to hearing from you.

Take a look at Page 2 (look below and to the left here) for Google maps of our most popular Flying Sites.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Flying! What Flying?

Well the weather forecast for this weekend is pants, heavy rain on Saturday with strong winds and blustery, heavy showers on Sunday so, I shall turn my attention to the building board and get on with the Traceur.

Next weekend, a few of the guys from Slope Soaring Sussex  are visiting the Bwlch to get in some real flying, lol, but I'm away up north so can't join them but, the weather forecast, (if you can believe it at this stage) is for it being excellent so, I may just have to take Friday off work and head up there early for a good days flying and join the guys on the slope.

So if any of you local guys are reading this and you see the visitors flying, please be your usual, friendly selves and say hi.


  1. I'm also off work next Friday, so if the weather gods are good to us I'll be on the slopes late morning....See you there.

  2. Despite the odd forecast, the weather was astonishing on Mickeys on Sunday with the fastest flying myself or Mark have ever experience in several ears of going there. Little chance of me finding a Friday off to join you chaps - but here's hoping you have a fab time!