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Right to roam

The "right to roam" in Wales is currently the same as in England and does not allow access to open access land for the purposes of hang-gliding or paragliding.

The legislation is enacted by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the section relevant to us is Schedule 2 on page 75:

1. Section 2(1) does not entitle a person to be on any land if, in or on that land, he—

(s) engages in any organised games, or in camping, hang-gliding or paragliding

Best Wind Cardinal: 
NE
Sites officer: 
Grid Ref: 
SH733763
Takeoff Height: 
360m
Landing Height: 
0m
Top to bottom: 
360m

Just over 1000ft high, Foel Lus can be soared in both NW & NE winds. It offers good soaring and the limited opportunity of ridge runs along the coast, though there are some tricky 'jumps' and some nasty power lines about.

Getting to take-off: 

Foel Lus is situated on the North Wales coast east of, and overlooking, Penmaenmawr. Drive up the hill until you are facing out to sea on the side of the hill with a pair of old stone gate pillars in front of you. Park here. Do not block the track and do not drive up the hill any further.

Landing: 

Top landing is possible but can be tricky in lifty or scratchy conditions. Do not land at the campsite at the base of the spur or in the fields on the other side of the road that joins Pen and Dwygyfychi & do not land on the Golf Course. If you are intending to land on the beach, keep an eye on the tides - high tide means no beach

Don'ts: 
  • Park blocking any gateways or tracks.
  • Land in any of the red shaded areas on the map
  • Land on the golf course.
  • Try to land on the beach at high tide, there isn’t one!
  • Fly unless you can top land or make the beach
  • Fly with a speed wing, you wont make the beach!
Challenges: 
  • Can be tricky to top land in strong conditions.
  • Beware the power lines to the west.
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