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Location

  Our location

Our location is one of the contributing factors that make our school so unique. We carefully selected this area as the best location in Wales because of its regular wind patterns coming in off the sea. The close proximity of the Cambrian Mountains and the short amount of traveling time for suitable sites.

Being situated in the gulf air stream we are in one of the best areas in the UK for the type of flying conditions needed for this sport. Sea breezes and light winds seem to come on from the sea and bring favourable flying conditions to this area.

 

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  Our base

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Tanygraig Farm is a 5 minute drive south from Aberystwyth centre and 5 minute drive from the nearest beach. It is from here we conduct the classroom and theory side of things before heading out to the hills to fly. (by appointment only)In the summer months at the end of the flying day we can often find ourselves on the beach having a barbeque and a swim chatting about what a great day out had by all.

 The flying

Our flight training is carried out in the Cambrian Mountains just a short 15 minute drive from Aberystwyth Centre and our base.

We have several usable training sites situated within a close proximity so we only have a short walk or drive should conditions change. We will occasionally use the ridges and hills near Rhayader and Builth Wells as alternatives sites if needed.

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 Aberystwyth town

Aberystwyth town is the home to the University of Wales and the National Library. It is nestled between three hills and two beaches, and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbor. It is a University town with some seven thousand students, ensuring it is vibrant throughout the year and not just during summertime.

 The seafront

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The seafront hosts Victorian / Edwardian buildings mostly 4/5 stories high. The wide promenade protects the buildings from the ravages of the Irish Sea and offers space to sit, soak up the sun and view the surrounding hills and mountains. On a clear day you may see the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon.

 The habour

The harbor was once one of the busiest in Wales and is fed by the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol (which incidentally, is the steepest river in Britain). Aberystwyth is now the centre of local rural life and is visited by many to sample the numerous cafés, bars, and restaurants including, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

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  Cliff railway

The Aberystwyth Electric Cliff Railway is the longest electric cliff railway in Britain. It climbs Constitution Hill another one of our flying sites from the northern end of the towns promenade with trains running every few minutes during the spring, summer and early autumn.

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  The Cambrian Mountains

The Cambrian Mountains around Aberystwyth supply a stunning back drop and are where most of our training is conducted, There are big green grassy slopes which are perfect to train on and they give great Panoramic Sea views which can be seen for miles. We often fly with the red kites (birds of prey)  that have been introduced back into this area.

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  The local weather

The local weather is dominated by the sea and the Gulf Stream which warms the whole Region and makes for pleasurable visiting.
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