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

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Please be aware this is a members only site which has a number of restrictions.

  • The gate on the Arenig track after it leaves the farm track is locked. You will need to contact Gareth Aston to get access to the key.
  • There are no more than three cars to be parked at the parking bay. Room must be left to allow a tractor and trailer to turn.
  • There is no parking anywhere else down the track.
  • Shut all gates that you open.
  • Do not obstruct the track or any gateways.
  • Do not drive through the gate past the parking.
  • There is a restriction of EIGHT gliders flying on this site at any one time.

Please don't fly here if you're not a member.

If you are a member, please phone sites officer Gareth Aston on 07879477501 if you've not flown here recently.

In any event, only the westerly bowl is to be flown.

This is a mountain site, it is possible to soar the west slope but usually by around 1pm it is getting very strong and turbulent due to the sea breezes that sweep up from Porthmadog.

Getting to take-off: 
  • Before setting off to Arenig, please contact Gareth to find out about the key to get through the gate. Without the key, it's a very long walk.

Heading in an Easterly direction from Bala to Trawsfynydd on the A4212 1.5km past the junction with the B4391 there is a track on the left as you go around a gentle right handed corner, this is both the entry to Arenig and a farm. Go through the gate and bear left at the fork 170m further on. Follow this rough track staying left through a further 2 gates. When you see an old building on your left follow the track around a sharp left and past the house, through another gate and on until you reach a pull in, just before a gate that takes you out of the trees. Park Here. No more than 3 cars at any time are to be parked here. Space must be left for the farmers to turn their tractors and trailers should they need to. Ensure you do not drive further than this pull in. Ensure you shut all gates that you have passed through.

Walk through the gate and turn to the right following the track up the hill for 350m. Here you will come across a gate and style, the gate may or may not be open, please leave it as you find it. Go through the gate and immediately on your left you will see a small track running directly up the hill. Follow this until you reach the dry stone wall, cross this without destroying it further and head slightly to your right up and across the slope. Take off is anywhere on the slope above you. Please note that this enormous area is the only take off, on this west facing slope.

DO NOT take off on any other sides of the mountain.


You can land anywhere on the west slope and now that the trees have been cut there is ample landing space below the track to the south and north of the parking spot.

Be aware that midweek RAF valley operates extensively in this area, the infamous Mach loop runs over Llyn Tegid and many exercises are carried out over the Berwyns too. An incident with an aircraft could jeopardise all flying in Snowdonia.
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