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Penycloddiau East Site Guide

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OS Map Location SJ127685 (Landranger, Sheet 116)
NOTAM reference Unknown (provisional)
Aerial Photo Aerial photo (1:25000)
Wind direction(s) NE - E
Take-off Height(s) 1220ft ( 371m)
Top to Bottom 500ft ( 152m)
Restrictions unknown
Min. Pilot Rating None
XC Potential Good, but restricted airspace to E
Airspace Class A at 3000ft (920m) 1 mile to E. Clear to W
Non-member fee/day none
Paraglider Distance Record 11/04/2010 Steve Nash 46.3Km
Hang glider Distance Record

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

Site Description

Suitable for both hang gliders and paragliders, Penycloddiau East is a good
thermal site with occasional wave action. During weekdays, fast jets may also
over-fly the area.


After leaving the A541 at Afonwen, follow the road (steep in places and muddy / icy in winter). Where the tarmac road turns right to the TV transmitter, carry straight on along the track. Where the track turns sharply left, park either on the left outside the gate at SJ121689 or through the gate and on the west side of the track. The area is actively farmed, so keep all tracks clear.


Not very steep but fairly long with a hang glider. The Club does not have
vehicular access to the summit. From the car park, walk about two-thirds of
a mile (and 300ft / 100m gain of height) in a southerly direction up the Offa's
Dyke Path. Takeoff is on the left about 100 yds before the hill fort at the
summit of the hill.

Takeoff and Top Landing

A straightforward take-off. The site is fairly small and can quickly become crowded. Thus it is important to clearly define take off and top landing areas. If top landing, rotor can be experienced if you are west of the N - S summit ridge line. Top landing for HGs has been described as challenging.

Bottom Landing

In the field at map reference SJ130685. This field has a 1:7 downward slope in a N - NE direction, so approach low over the upwind field boundaries. Try to land in the top of the field to avoid the gorse bushes! HG pilots may have to land cross wind. Follow the track back N to the second fence line and then left up the slope to return to take-off.


A tree line starts just beneath take-off.

Site Map

This Site Map covers both Penycloddiau East and West Sides.

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