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OS Map Location SH748781 (Landranger, Sheet 115)
NOTAM reference 7.010 (provisional)
Aerial Photo Aerial photo (1:25000)
Wind direction(s) NE
Take-off Height(s) 800ft ( 243m)
Top to Bottom 800ft ( 243m)
Restrictions unknown
Min. Pilot Rating Club Pilot
XC Potential Limited - coastal site
Airspace None, but within Valley AIAA
Non-member fee/day none

Site Description

Penmaenbach is a large headland overlooking Conwy Estuary to the east of the Menai Straits. It offers a half-mile long soarable ridge facing north east, and if the wind is right, a 'jump off' to an adjacent north facing ridge of Mynydd y Drel (Conwy Mountain). This ridge is about one mile long, running towards the town of Conwy.


The parking area is at the head of the Sychnant Pass at map reference SH750770. The parking area is quite small, and the take-off site must be approached on foot: do not attempt to take vehicles up the track towards the site.


About three quarters of a mile distance and a 300ft / 100m gain of height. Keep to the track.

Takeoff and Top Landing

The take-off area is at map reference SH750781. Top landing is possible for paragliders (but not hang-gliders) on the open area behind take off, but serious rotor has been experienced.Do not land behind the wall.

Bottom Landing

Bottom landing is on the beach in the general area of map reference SH755785. Do not leave it too late to break away from the hill for bottom landing as there is a lot of serious stuff to fly over a dual carriageway, a railway and a campsite. Obviously, the landing area is restricted at high tide. If flying the north facing Conwy Mountain, the bottom landing options become even more limited.


The dangers of the sea, railway and dual carriageway should be obvious.

Orographic cloud can quickly for on the headland.

If the wind is from the north, it is possible to hop over to Conway Mountain and fly there.

It is also possible to go 'over the back' to Foel Lus and further west towarsd Bangor.

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