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OS Map Location SJ185476 (Explorer 256)
NOTAM reference 7.096 (provisional)
Aerial Photo Aerial photo (1:25000)
Wind direction(s) NNW - NNE
Takeoff Height(s) 1790ft ( 545m)
Top to Bottom 520ft ( 158m)
Restrictions unknown
Min. Pilot Rating Club Pilot
XC Potential Difficult - knife edge ridge
Airspace no data
Non-member fee/day none

Site Description

A useful northerly site when sea breeze takes the wind off the west facing Clwydian Range sites. Often has less wind than Llangollen, so is useful when Llangollen is blown out. NOTE: This site information is provisional.


On minor road leading west from the Ponderosa Café on the horseshoe pass. Park north of the hill on the verge at GR SJ180478.


Tiring carry up. Go behind the slag heaps for about 100 yards, then turn straight up the hill on the unenclosed land.

Takeoff and Top Landing

Straightforward takeoff anywhere below the ridge crest. Plenty of room to slope land.

Bottom Landing

In the enclosed field next to the slag heaps on the south side of the road.


Winds on the summit are usually very much stronger than in the car park or even half way up. Getting blown back would be very dangerous because of the knife edge ridge.