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Moel Famau Site Guide

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Quick reference

OS Map Location SJ158609 (Landranger, Sheet 116)
NOTAM reference 7.022 (provisional)
Aerial Photo Aerial photo (1:25000)
Wind direction(s) WSW - WNW
Takeoff Height(s) 1460ft ( 444m)
Top to Bottom 1200ft ( 365m)
Restrictions Strictly permit holders only at all times
Min. Pilot Rating Club Pilot
XC Potential Fair. Limiting airspace downwind
Airspace Class A at 4500ft (1380m). Clear 3 miles to W
Paragliding Earth
(Including flight simulator)
New go there
Paraglider Distance Record 20.2 Km by Noel Humphreys on 16/07/1998 details...
Hang glider Distance Record 64.8 Km by Bob Little on 14/07/2002 details...

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

Site Description

Midway along the Clwydian range, this site is approximately 3 miles down wind of Ruthin in a WSW wind. Moel Fammau summit represents the highest point in the Clwydian range at 1800ft / 550m ASL. An interesting site, though not for beginners as the site can become very turbulent. Due to the proximity of the coast, this site is often affected by a sea breeze during the summer.


Park in either of the two car parks at the top of the pass. Parking fees are charged (approx £1/day)


Moderately difficult. Take the upper footpath from the north car park towards the summit. It's a steady climb with a gain of height of about 350ft / 105m from car park to take-off area. Only the fitter HG pilots will carry up in one go!

Takeoff and Top Landing

Moderately easy, but slopes towards take off in both wind directions. When top landing, approach from direction of fence at rear of top landing area, taking care not to fly behind the fence.

Bottom Landing

The designated bottom landing field is a 1.5 mile glide from take-off, and is conveniently next to the 'Griffin' Pub on the A494 Mold to Ruthin road, at Grid Reference SJ143593.
Emergency bottom landings may be made in the 'stump' field directly in front of and below take-off. This field is limited in size and slopes away towards power lines beyond the stump in the middle of the field, so approach this field as low as possible over the gate in the corner nearest to take-off.


This site is strictly controlled by the Denbighshire County Council. Anyone wishing to fly must purchase an annual permit (permits expire at the end of April). Either call at the Countryside Office to obtain a permit, or apply by post. Send a cheque for £8.00, payable to Denbighshire County Council; a photocopy of both sides of your BHPA membership card and BHPA insurance statement; two current passport photos (one only for a renewal), and a 7"x10" self addressed envelope to: Howard Sutcliffe, Denbighshire Countryside Service, Loggerheads Country Park, Ruthin Road, Loggerheads, MOLD CH7 5LH Tel: 01352 810614.

Failure to comply with this requirement will jeopardise the use of all sites in the area controlled by the Denbighshire County Council. This site is also used model aircraft fliers: please liaise with them with regard to take-off and landing areas.

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