Mynydd Meio

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Status: Open
Site Latitude: N51.587116 Height ASL Meters: 320m
Site Longitude:W003.281867 Height ASL Feet: 1050ft
Wind Direction: SSW-WSW Height Top to Bottom Meters: 60m
Best Direction: SW Height Top to Bottom Feet: 200ft
Minimum BHPA Rating Hang Gliding: BHPA CP rating Member status: Open Site
Minimum BHPA Rating Paragliding: BHPA CP rating OS Grid Reference and Prefix: ST 113 882

Park off the road at the foot of the hill (in the lay by).

Either by minor roads from the A470 – from the Treforest roundabout, or from the Caerphilly road.

Take-off

Access to take-off is by foot and is short carry up the face of the hill (up the easily identified path). The preparation area is large and the take-off is friendly.

There is also another path which goes up the face of the hill to the east by the fence – if you end up landing down this end this path may be more suitable.

Landing

The top landing area is extensive and quite flat.
Paragliders can bottom land on the open hill alongside the road (A), but there is not enough room to safely land a hang glider there. The emergency bottom landing field for hang gliders (B) is at the bottom of the hill to the right of take-off. This field is small and the landing approach difficult. Please do not fly a hang glider unless you are sure it is soarable, or you possess the necessary skills to land in the emergency landing field. Please do not land in any other enclosed fields, or climb walls or fences.

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.

Looking west from Mynydd Meio in the sunset. Photo courtesy of Alex Kennedy.

Flying

Flying here affords you a lovely panoramic view stretching from the Bristol Channel and Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons in the north when the weather is good.

This site can be a good choice if Nanty Moel is busy. It‘s fairly friendly away from the power lines, but the short ridge length and narrow lift band limit the capacity of this site on non-thermic days. Be aware the airspace ceiling is 4000 ft.

Looking down on the valley towns of Nelson and Treharris just to the north of Mynydd Meio (having come over Mynydd Eglwysilan).

Hazards

Beware of power lines and the TV masts. Keep a sharp lookout for model aircraft. Be respectful of the wild horses which live on the top. Be careful of rocks and fences when soaring in close to the ridge. The A470 valley in front of take-off is full of power lines and pylons, pilots should therefore not attempt to fly to the valley bottom.

The field to the north of the hill is occasionally used for clay pigeon shooting. Do not fly immediately down wind of this field when shooting is taking place.

This site is frequently 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.

Miller Argent

This site is rarely used for XC although over 50 km has been flown from here. Flying across the valleys in thermic winds can understandably put pilots off. Potential can be limited by sea breeze although you can often get away before the sea breeze comes in. Although the site sits within a 4000ft airspace limit this rises to 5500 ft after one or two glides. When you do get away you will have the choice of heading further north up into the valleys (with the rising ground) or heading more eastwards for a quicker exit from the valleys system. Once clear of the valleys you will have to track northwards to avoid the river Severn (and any associated sea breezes).

Retrieves from the valleys back to Cardiff are usually straight forward if you can get on the valleys train lines.

A possible route out of the valleys which Alex Kennedy flew in the hot, dry summer of 2018. (http://www.xcleague.com/xc/flights/20183176.html?vx=37)

Site record

PG – Pawel Barton flew 56.5 km on his Nova Ra on 09 August 2009.

http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/271581

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If you require further advice about a particular SEWHGPGC site please contact a Club Coach. Please report all accidents to The Club Safety & Training Officer Steve Millson and the BHPA. Please visit the BHPA for the most current Incident Report Form.

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.

Any liability claims towards the club are excluded.

 

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.

What?

Briefly, what is the problem, including the state of the casualty. Ensure you use the buzzword Fall From Height

and Remote Location.

Where?

Mynydd Meio Mountain East of the Upper Boat roundabout off the A470 (near Treforest Industrial Estate).