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, 18 December 2015

This Weekends Flying & Christmas Plans

So this is the last weekend before the big Ho, Ho, Ho, (Christmas), and Saturdays forecast looks like being rain ,rain, rain. Which suits me as I have a family, Christmas get together to attend on Saturday afternoon anyway, after going out to the pub for a few beers with friends this evening, so I wouldn't be flying anyway.

Sunday looks like being quite breezy with rain showers and a south westerly blowing in. So I think I'm just going to grab a couple of foamies, the rebuilt Polecat and Wildthing, and chuck them off Meio for a couple of hours from late morning.

I finish work on Christmas Eve and am not back until the 4th January. During that period I have a window of three days, the 27th, 28th & 29th when I'm free to fly before I have to make a trip up north for the New Year celebrations, but hopefully I should be returning home on the Saturday and so free to fly on the Sunday. So I hope to see some of the familiar faces on the slopes of S. Wales sometime over the period.

So I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Happy flying


  1. Josh and I will be there about 10 ish.
    Looks good for PSS so I'll have the Mig, Vulcan & JP

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