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, 14 July 2016

Weekend flying 16th/17th July

Hi guys

Well Saturday is looking a little showery, but if you're happy with dodging a shower or two then a 15 mph westerly is forecast, so your options are Mickey's West at the Bwlch, Eglwysilan Mountain, (near Pontypridd) or Rhossili.

Sunday is looking like the sunnier day with a similar westerly forecast.

Unfortunately I won't be flying at all this weekend as I badly sprained my ankle whilst running last Saturday morning, and my ankle is still painful and my foot swollen, so I wouldn't manage the walk to any of these slopes.

So I have things I can be doing model wise. I'm currently replacing the motor in my 2m Climaxx Compact E as the old motor is knackered. The replacement motor I bought isn't an identical replacement and so I'm having to modify the mounting to make it fit. I also have the PSS A4 Skyhawk to crack on with.

So please do not text or put any Facebook posts saying how much fun you're all having on the slopes as I will take my revenge in due course. LOL.

Happy flying


  1. Really looking forward to a great day on the slopes Sunday 😆

  2. The wind is looking just a little to strong for me to fly my thermal soarer on Sunday :(