Well the F3F boys were holding a competition at the Bwlch this weekend, and with a SSE or SE wind forecast for Saturday, our alternative flying venue options were limited. But Big Phil and myself had flown the bowl above Upper Cwmbran once before in a south easterly so we decided to give this another try, especially as it is only 6 miles from my home and about 1½ miles from Phil.
From the car park it was about a twenty minute walk along a rugged, uphill path to where we decided to fly.
In all fairness, the flying wasn't at all bad. The air was a little turbulent close in, but push out a few metres and the air was quite smooth. But with a steep part of the hill still behind us, landing was a bit tricky. In hindsight, maybe we should have continued walking to the top of the path, where the hill flattens out, then headed to the right. I'll do that next time.
Anyway, this is definitely a viable slope to fly when a south easterly blows, and probably also an easterly just by following the bowl a little further around.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . I look forward to hearing from you.
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