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OS Map Location SH765830 (Landranger, Sheet 115)
NOTAM reference 7.021 (provisional)
Aerial Photo Aerial photo (1:25000)
Wind direction(s) WSW
Take-off Height(s) 600ft ( 182m)
Top to Bottom 600ft ( 182m)
Restrictions NWHGPC members only
Min. Pilot Rating Club Pilot
XC Potential Limited - coastal site
Airspace Class A at FL45 immediately to N / seaward
Non-member fee/day none
Paraglider Distance Record 4.9 Km by Andrew Cartwright on 06/06/2004 details...

Site distance records are provisional. If you know of longer flights, please e-mail the webmaster at nwhgpc.org.uk

Site Description

The ridge is 600 ft / 185m high, and almost 2 miles long. It faces WSW into Conwy Bay and is very soarable in most conditions. Wave flights have been made to several thousand feet, allowing out and return flights across the bay and back. The Great Orme is right in the NE corner of the RAF Valley AIAA.

Parking

Park only in the car park provided at the summit (parking fees apply). If you can park on the left as you enter the car park you will minimise the distance to carry.

CarryUp

Actually, a carry down from the car park to the rigging / launch area. Please walk around the private land to the take off area. Under no circumstances climb any of the walls or fences between the car park and take-off area.

Takeoff and Top Landing

The take-off area is obvious if the map is carefully followed. Top landing is tight, and rotor may exist behind the wall. Lose height first then make your approach from the south. Be especially aware of the power lines that run
down the face of the hill to the left of take-off. Please ask the locals for advice and consider your own ability before attempting to land on top. In strong winds, there is an obvious danger of being blown back over the sea to the east.

Bottom Landing

There is plenty of beach to land on at the south-west (West Beach) Llandudno end of the Great Orme when the tide is out, but at high tide
the landing area is much reduced, especially for hang-gliders. Check tidal information and landing options before you fly. Be wary of the large rocks close to the base of the hill.
Also, check the wind direction before committing to your landing approach as it is often different from that on the hill. There are numerous flags along the promenade next to the beach, to check the wind direction.

Notes

If new to the site or if an inexperienced pilot, seek a site briefing - in advance of your visit if possible - from Club members who know it well. Remember that the public have access to both take-off and landing areas.
Conditions are normally smooth when the wind is square onto the hill. However, extreme caution is advised if this is not the case,
especially if the wind is off to the south. The site can also be influenced by wave from Snowdonia.

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