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alan fine 125/04/2013 08:15:10
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hi there

there are a group of us sloping guys from South Africa that would like to go to Rhossili in Wales to fly for a few days and would appreciate any info on when the best times are to go

Tom Satinet25/04/2013 09:26:01
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When it's not raining and when the wind is blowing on the slope

There isn't really a windy season or wet season as such. This link shows you that it is slightly less windy and less rainy in summer, but not by huge margin:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/wl/print.html

 

I would also check out the Bwlch:

http://www.knewt.com/bwlch/thebwlch.htm

This series of slopes cover all directions. And are pretty awesome.

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Edited By Tom Satinet on 25/04/2013 09:31:54

alan fine 125/04/2013 10:34:40
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thanks for info

FWAL25/04/2013 13:32:45
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Hi Alan

For Rhosilli try and avoid local School holidays and weekends as it's a mecca for paragliders as well. I live within 12 miles of Rhosilli but rarely fly there, prefer to go more local which is less than 6miles away and no Parag's. If you're coming this far I hope you do head for the Bwlch at some time, the Wrecker and Crest are pretty extreme!

Mark

FWAL25/04/2013 13:39:46
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Hi Again

Here's a link to a Prolific local soarer and his excellant video's. Filmed around the South Wales area. This should wet your apetite!

http://vimeo.com/user413273

Edited By FWAL on 25/04/2013 13:42:01

alan fine 126/04/2013 08:45:46
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Hi Mark

thanks for info, i will contact you guys when we come that side, we will come from a Monday to Friday and im now starting to build a decent CF box to transport our gliders. Bwlch definitely looks like the place fore us to go to

Alan

Conwy Soarer30/04/2013 00:17:37
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Try and get up to the Orme also cool

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Martyn Johnston29/07/2014 15:44:41
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I'm hoping to go to stay near Pontypridd, in South Wales, for a weekend soon.

I saw someone on here mention Eglwysilan Rd, near Pontypridd a while back.

Anybody know anything about this place?

Should I ask any club nearby?

Can I just turn up and fly?

Which wind direction's best ?

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Steve Houghton 129/07/2014 16:17:52
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Martyn. I fly near Ponty all the time. Take a look at my blog, a470soaring.blogspot.co.uk

Sorry, I couldn't hyperlink it.

Eglwysilan flies well, but only on a westerly. A couple of miles to the south is Meio Common where the predominate slope is SW facing but, it also has a NW slope also. You just park up, ( by the large rocks on the western side of the road) and you will see a diagonal track leading up the slope. Walk along the slope till you get the wind directly into your face. The landing zone is good, if you hit a rock you will be very unfortunate.

You could also head on up to the Bwlch, which from Ponty is probably only a 20 minute drive. It is located between Cwm Parc and Nantymoel and has a slope for every wind direction. And huge slopes too. We're talking 1000ft high. This is probably one of the best slope areas in Europe, let alone Britain, and we see European visitors all the time in the summer.

There is a useful link on my blog about the Bwlch. But if you are coming up for a weekend then PM me and you can hook up with our little group and we'll show you where to fly.

Steve

A470soaring.blogspot.co.uk

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Martyn Johnston30/07/2014 09:31:53
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Nice blog Steve, thanks.

If and when I know I'm coming up to Wales I'll give you a call.

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