Best Wind Cardinal: 
WSW
Grid Ref: 
SH566577
Takeoff Height: 
550m
Landing Height: 
150m
Top to bottom: 
400m

Moel Eilio is a conical hill overlooking Llanberis to the North, and is strategically well placed for XC flights to Snowdon and beyond. Do not land in the bowl on the east side of the spur (the one with the lake) as this land is out of bounds to us. Equally, do not take off on the eastern side of the take-off spur.

Getting to take-off: 

The parking area is approached via the mountain road from Waenfawr (SH 537 598) and leads to the access to the W and SW take offs. At the track’s end (a five-bar gate) there is ample parking on rough ground associated with the disused slate quarry (SH 557 599). Gain either face of Eilio by walking up the north ridge. (20 mins - easy angle).

Landing: 

There is no negotiated landing in the Waunfawr valley, so if you do bottom land, please bear this in mind & be extra courteous!

Don'ts: 
  • Fly the east side of the northerly ridge.
  • Overfly low the Chapel of rest or land in the small fields immediately below and N of the NW Take Off.
Challenges: 
  • Clogwyn Du'r Arddu can be turbulent, especially if there is a northerly element to the wind. Watch the little lakes for clues.
Safety: 

The sea breeze affects this hill a lot, but at least it comes onto, (or there abouts) the face of the hill. If soaring early in the day expect the wind to strengthen a lot and quite suddenly as the sea breezes start to work.  The ridge top is narrow on the NW facing rib extending from the TO to the summit of Eilio. 
To sum up… In my opinion there are two main factors that are rather typical of this area that might not be obvious to someone new to flying here.  Taking account of these will probably make your flying safer and give you a better flight.