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: 
Gareth Aston
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There is a rumour that Mr Roberts does not need to be paid for parking. This is NOT the case and he should be paid £2 per vehicle!

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.

Getting to take-off: 

From the high street in Harlech turn up the hill past the Lion Hotel and continue for 1/2 mile. Park on side of the road next to the Welsh Water works (high tennis court style fencing). Follow the track on the left, immediately after the WWW, and go through a gate marked 'Rhyd Galed Uchaf'. Continue on passing through one more gate and a holiday home with large glass conservatory. The track now runs uphill until you reach the top of the crag. Walk in a NE direction until the ground drops down to a field. Take-off is directly in front.


Landing is in the Secondary school field (SH 579 315), by the main road, whenever possible. If forced to land below take-off choose a sheepless field. Top landing is tricky due to severe rotor


Forget to pay Mr/Mrs Roberts £2 for parking.

Park obstructing any gateways or tracks.

Leave any gates open.

Land in fields with livestock or crops in.

Land in the official bottom landing Field if it has livestock in it without first consulting the farmer.


Can be turbulent when top landing