|Site Latitude: N51.744371||Height ASL Meters: 430m|
|Site Longitude: W003.2451376||Height ASL Feet: 1400ft|
|Wind Direction: W – NW||Height Top to Bottom Meters: 75m|
|Best Direction: WNW||Height Top to Bottom Feet: 250ft|
|Minimum BHPA Rating Hang Gliding: BHPA CP rating with supervision||Member status: Open Site|
|Minimum BHPA Rating Paragliding: BHPA Pilot rating||OS Grid Reference and Prefix: SO 141 058|
From Tredegar on minor roads towards Markham, or North from Markham to Tredegar. Due South of NP22 5BQ but on the more easterly single track road
Park along the layby at the edge of the road ensuring enough space is left for gliders landing, or being carried forward across the road.
Note the conifers up wind of any takeoff near the parking layby can cause severe rotor, consider carefully the site and prevailing conditions before committing to takeoff. It may be better to scout out a spot farther north but don’t forget to account for the road and any traffic using it. Wind direction can have a great effect on the air at takeoff and what it has passed over to reach there. It may be less turbulent when off to the North, Do not fly if the wind is south of WNW. The site can be turbulent in strong winds. Care and control is needed when launching paragliders in strong winds, as take-off is narrow, with rigged hang gliders and vehicles close by. The true wind speed can be much higher than at launch. If in doubt check at the top of the hill.
Top landing is easiest on top of the hill which is about 120ft higher than takeoff, especially in strong winds. In lighter winds, particularly when it‘s off to the North, the area behind the road marked PG landing can be used. Top landing a hang glider in front of the road south of takeoff requires a great deal of experience and precision and is not recommended. Bottom landing is by the side of the road at the bottom of the hill marked (B). This area is small, uneven and slopes. It‘s also a crosswind landing for hang gliders. The emergency Hang Glider bottom landing field is available outside of the lambing season. Be aware there is are powerlines running north towards the farm. Always leave by the gate at the bottom of the field, and carry gliders up to the road. This is a long carry out over rough ground. Please don‘t park on the farm track. Note if the farm gates are shut the farm security dogs are loose, do not enter the farm at these times.
Top Landing General
South East Wales sites often have very large, undefined take off and top landing areas, which may change position according to conditions. To avoid the potential for collision, pilots making a top landing should keep well away from gliders taking off, who may in some cases have limited visibility.
Up to 20 gliders can be accommodated in the right conditions, but it can be turbulent in strong winds. Wave is quite common.
Beware of moving vehicles and rotor from parked cars if you top land close to the road. Stay clear of the lee side of the trees as there can be very severe turbulence. The quarry to the South can also be turbulent and is to be avoided by low air time pilots.
Do not land in the field adjacent to and to the South of take-off. If you accidentally land in any field carry out by the gate. Do not climb walls or fences. Turbulence can make this a tricky site for paragliders. Paraglider Pilots with less than 50 hrs. logged should therefore only fly this site under the supervision of an Instructor or Club Coach. This site is sometimes used by model aircraft pilots, please respect their right to fly as well as your own.
Open site – This site may be flown by suitably insured visiting hang glider & paraglider pilots. This site is flown with the kind permission of the Trustees of the Llanover Estate.
Justin Needham flew 137km from Abertysswg on his La Moette Topless.
Flight ID 4437
Pilot Needham Justin
Glider La Mouette – Topless
Club S E Wales
Ridge Lift No
Score 137.63×1.50 = 206.45
Coordinates SO141063; SU325463
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This document is a guide only.
We advise that anyone Hang Gliding and Paragliding conduct a dynamic risk assessment prior to flying any site. This should be continuously re-assessed due to the changeable conditions of the outdoor environment.
All individuals are advised to take the following into account when making their dynamic risk assessment:
Paragliding and Hang Gliding are dangerous sports that can cause serious injury including bodily harm, paralysis and death. Flying SEW sites is undertaken with the full knowledge that Paragliding and Hang Gliding involves such risks. As the pilot you take exclusive responsibility for all risks associated with your part taking in the sport.
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If you are not sure. DO NOT FLY.
In the Mountains/Rivers/Lakes
Dial 999/112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue. If you are away from the road side then dial 999/112 and ask for the Police and then Mountain Rescue explaining your circumstances. If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 Emergency Services by SMS. NB you must register this prior to an emergency.
In an emergency 999 need to know:
Who is Calling?
Your name and mobile number.
Briefly, what is the problem, including the state of the casualty. Ensure you use the buzzword Fall From Height
and Remote Location.
OS Grid Ref: SO 141 058
South of Tredegar on the narrow road towards Markham