Paragliding in Snowdonia
Snowdonia is one of the best free flying areas in the U.K., offering
high 'alpine' conditions and excellent XC potential for paraglider
and hang glider pilot, with no significant airspace restrictions
The three main flying sites are situated at opposite ends of the
central valley of Llanberis, making the village an ideal centre
Not only does Llanberis have a good tourist infrastructure, but
also an excellent centrally located landing field.
Which site today?
Sometimes it's obvious form the forecast, but not often. The basic
formula that has evolved for me is
What is the wind doing on Lyn Padarn, best seen from the lay-by
car park outside Pete's? (before the sea breeze begins). If it's
up the lake from Caernarfon then it's either Elider or Elio. Elio
if there is any significant N/NE element.
Elider if there is any W.The lighter the isobaric wind, the more
the bias towards Elider.
Reinforced by the presence of sun/instability.If it is down the
lake (from Pen-Y-Pass), then it's Berfedd or Glyder. Berfedd if
the wind at the PYG hotel is more east (the direction of Capel Curig),
Glyder if it is due south (up from Nant Gwynant).
It's perfectly possible for gliders to be flying on more than one
site at one time. Often the case in NE winds, with good flights
being had on both Berfedd and Elio
so don't succumb to gaggle drag if you wish to try something different.