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 3 June 2016

Weekends Flying Forecast - 4th/5th June

Good morning fellow glider guiders.

Well this weekends flying forecast isn't looking to great with light north easterlies. So Saturday is 5 mph and Sunday 9 mph. Of course there will be a little more on the slopes, but is it really worth the effort to drive for up to an hour just to cruise back and forth along the ridge line, hoping for a passing thermal to get you some height, and then playing "dodge the para glider" if you decide to fly from Fochriw?

I think with June's PSS meet at the Orme next weekend, I may just give this weekend a miss but, if I were wanting to go out, I think my preference would be to fly the Wrecker, if only because of the para gliders at Fochriw.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun.

Happy flying


  1. That's what I was thinking, I have a couple of repairs to carry out after Josh ploughed my Spectre in on VR98 and snapped the fuz 😢

    Also I want to crack on with the Phantom and try and get it ready for my first visit to the Orme next Sat ☺☺

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