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: 
Sites officer: 
Brad Nicholas
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This is a small site by local standards and of interest mainly due to its convenience for local pilots. Its small size means a small lift band, thus with more than four or five gliders it gets crowded on a light day. The hilltop is flat and so good for top landing and quite forgiving.

Getting to take-off: 

For the SW facing side of the hill take the mountain road that links Deiniolen and Mynydd Llandegai. If travelling from Deiniolen you'll see a track on your left (SH 593 654) leading to the col between Moel y Ci and its sister hill Moel Rhiwen. Drive up this for 100yds and park immediately you pass through a gate. Re-attach your exhaust pipe. There's room here for 5 or 6 cars if parked well, but please don't block the track or drive further along from the gate. If this area is full, or you're particularly fussy about the bottom of your car, simply park at the bottom of the track, but again don't block it, or the road. Only room for about two cars here. From the gate car park walk along the track for 100yds until a small gate on your right gives access to a path alongside a wall. Follow this path for 100yds (the triangle of heather on your right is the landing field) and go through a kissing gate. Go through, and immediately on your left you'll see a small track leading up the hill. SW take-off is any suitable place on the SW side. W take-off is a walk round to the, er, well West of the hill. NW take off is...


It is very important to land only in the triangular heather field by the parking area (unless you're in a spot of bother). This is sometimes possible even when flying the NW side, though it may be in rotor. Otherwise top land anywhere you want on the hill but not below the track on either the SW or NW sides. Beware of the power lines when soaring low or trying to land low on the NW side!

  • Block the track or Gateways.
  • Can get crowded with more than three gliders

When soaring on the WSWside of the hill watch out for the sea breeze sneaking in from the NNE or N (yes that means over the back). If you are thermalling with good height in front of the hill on the SW side, you can get caught out when coming back down to the hill to top land. Don’t find yourself in lee and rotor at ridge top height or just below because the sea breeze has sneaked in!  When thermal soaring watch out for the obvious see breeze signs like convergence cloud and use stuff like smoking chimneys as indicators of the wind direction in the distance esp over the back.