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, 19 January 2017

Bwlchfest 2017 Update

So I've been a busy boy and done a lot of Googling to find email contact addresses for the various Slope Soaring Association club secretaries around the UK.

Quite a few of the email addresses bounced back to me, but I did get a good response from a few clubs also, who promised to add Bwlchfest to their calendar.

I've also contacted David Ashby, who is the editor of UK model aircraft magazine RCM&E. David is going to add Bwlchfest to the magazines Going Places diary page and has also added it to his own calendar with the intention of joining us on the slope, which is great news.

The event has also been added to the BMFA and BARCS calndars also.

My next job, which I will probably do tomorrow, is to contact a few model suppliers to see if they would like to attend the event, maybe bring along a model or two to fly, or maybe the new Horus TX, something like that. So it could be good for them as well as for us.

Robin Lutzenberger has also been busy designing T shirts and caps which will be available for pre order with payment by PayPal, with a small number available to purchase on the day. Here i.s an example of what might be available

I have also produced a new promotional video for the event which I have put out on all the Facebook groups I use, and there has been quite a bit  of interest, so I'm thinking that there could be quite a good turn out, which would be great news.


  1. Another great video Steve.
    I love the idea of caps and tee shirts, I hope he's going to do BIIIIG ones for us portly ones 😉

    1. Hi Phil
      I'm going to look for some tents in a camping shop. Just tell me the size, one person, two, three...

  2. Ouch......not quite that big Robin 😂😂

  3. Harry Twist is looking for a large T shirt and a cap also now :)