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.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Now I'm starting to become a little irritated by the weather! During the week, when I'm slaving away in a Bristol office, I look out of the window and can see the tree branches and leaves blowing nicely in the stiff breeze. Then, I look at the forecast for the weekend and we get the worst wind direction, (southerly) and single figure wind speeds, (for Saturday), and although Sunday is looking better with a south westerly, it's still only forecast to be 8 mph.

So I think Saturday will have to be a trip up to the Bwlch to fly Back of Wrecker, which will offer me the best conditions, although not enough wind to fly my new Traceur, although the M60 may get a thrashing. As for Sunday? I will make a decision nearer the time.

You never know, the weather man could change his mind by Friday and it could be totally different by then.

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