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Welcome to the New Snowdonia Sky Sports website.

About The Club

We are a group of hang glider and now more predominantly paraglider pilots, who fly in North West Wales. We are a club for qualified flyers- if you want to learn try one of the BHPA schools such as the nearby Snowdon Gliders.

Formed as a club in 1990 by pioneering pilots such as John Silvester we have always been passionate about flying being free and open for all.

The area under Snowdonia Sky Sports stewardship ranges from Barmouth along the A496 to Dolgellau, via Bala on the A494 onto Druid where it meets the A5, from here it tracks WNW following the A5 to Betws y Coed, then North up the A470 to Conwy and includes all areas west including Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula.

Moel Eilio (Conwy Valley)

2km ridge running NE-SW. The ridge connects through to Pen Llithrig y Wrach over Llyn Colwyd, then on to Pen yr Helgi Du and Capel Curig. Shut all gates.

Foel Lus

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.

Records

Take Off
Landing
Distance Date Pilot Notes
Arenig Fawr
Nr Welshpool
62km
31/03/16
Simon Burnell
Bochlwyd
Newtown
98km
?
Pete Bridston
Took off from Moel y Ci, Bombed at Bochlwyd then took off again making 98km on the second flight.
Foel Lus
Machynlleth
70km
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Bob Drury
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Glyderau
Amlwch
45.1km
?
Bob Drury/ Keith Simpson
Airspace negotiation or turnpoints will be needed to beat this record.
Harlech
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Harlech Cliff (Llanfair)
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Moel Berfedd
Welshpool
86km
25/05/2013
Simon Burnell
A strange direction to go from an Easterly site...
 
Aberdaron
56km
17/03/2008
John Silvester
Not much more land left beyond Aberdaron!
Moel Eilio
Chepstow
194km
29/07/2007
John Silvester
!!!
Moel Wnion
Towyn Beach nr Belgrano
37.6km
02/05/08
Pete Logan
Probably the most scenic flight I've ever had!
Moel y Ci
Oswestry
76km
Big Monday!
John Gladston
Only had 65p in his pocket! Several other big flights were done that day.
Nant Gwrtheyrn
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Penmaenbach
Criccieth
40km
'00
Pete Bridston
Flight done in January!
Pen yr Helgi Du
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Elidir Fach/Quarries
Telford
115.7km
'96
John Silvester
Also managed an out and return to Trawsfynydd in 2006.
Snowdon Station 4
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Snowdon Viewpoint
Iron Bridge
115.1km
08/05/03
John Silvester
Also 112.1km on 08/06/99.
Trefor
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Tremadog
Colwyn Bay
52km
06/05/95
Phil Williams
 

Crossing the Menai Straights, Hall of Fame!

Pete Dyer, Sam Roberts, Bob Drury, Keith Simpson, Phil Williams, Gavin Dale, Ian Lloyd Jones, Steve Nash, Crispin Waddy, John Sylvester, Simon Burnell, Gaz Aston, John Thompson!

Conwy Mountain

Overlooking the Conwy estuary, Conwy mountain is a beautifully scenic place to fly. It is generally flown after taking off from Penmaenbach, but as an alternative when the wind is northerly, it is possible to use this small takeoff to fly directly onto the mountain.

About The Club

Snowdonia Sky Sports was set up by local pilots in 1990 to protect the local sites and the interests of pilots flying in northern Snowdonia. Initially it was only a handful of local activists walking up on to the high mountains to take the huge fly downs the area offers and, at the time, there was little in the way of club maintenance.

But as our sport has grown and sites become more crowded, inevitably issues have occurred and so the need for the clubs existence has became more and more important. Hang gliding and paragliding are very visual sports. We and many others love to see pilots free flying around the hills but, to landowners and farmers, we can sometimes be seen as an increasing problem and even a threat to their livelihoods. All our sites are in a traditional hill farming area and livestock is almost always present whenever we fly. Conflict between landowners and the free flying community can easily occur in these sensitive areas, and sites can be lost through one unfortunate incident.

SSS now manages the flying sites on and around the Snowdon massif and, in agreement with the National Park, National Trust and the other private landowners, it is the recognised representative body for hang gliding and paragliding in the area. Our sites are registered with the BHPA, but site sovereignty goes nowhere without the consent of the landowners themselves. SSS works hard to keep communication and relationships open and positive with the local landowners but this relies heavily on the attitude of the pilots on the hill. Understanding the negotiated agreements for flying in this area is key to the continued freedom we have in these hills.

SSS has produced a guide to all the major flying sites in this area, detailing the parking and launching agreements and any local restrictions arranged with the landowners - your possession of this information in everyone's interest. Your membership to SSS helps pay for the production of these sites guides and newsletters and goes towards helping us maintain good open relationships with the landowners, with the limited resources we have. Northern Snowdonia is an incredible place to fly and with everyone's help it can remain an open and friendly area to fly. Please respect the information provided in the sites guide and go out and enjoy some of the finest mountain flying in the UK.

Harlech

This is a ridge about a mile long running from Harlech to Talsarnau. It is also possible to connect with the next ridge and waft off to Barmouth. There is good thermalling in Spring at this site, but it's prone to sea breezes in Summer.

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