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.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Slope Soaring on the South Downs

Hi all

Well I could go into a long, blow by blow account about my weekend away flying with Paul and the boys from Slope Soaring Sussex, but actually, the video says it all really.

The weather turned out better than was forecast, winds being light on Saturday to average on Sunday, but we did see more sunshine and clear skies than we thought we'd get. We did see some pretty spectacular bolts of lightning around lunch time on Saturday over Brighton way though.

Anyway, a big thanks goes out to Paul and Ian who were my flying buddies for the weekend, as well as the other guys who turned out on Sunday, and I hope to see some of you soon at the Bwlch in S Wales.

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