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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:34 am    Post subject: North Wales hover in...thoughts Reply with quote

Now the summer is here at last and we might actually get some nice weather for once... I was thinking it would be fantastic to have a bit of a gathering somewhere in North Wales for some mountain fun!

Depending on numbers, Lake Vyrnwy would be a good place to aim for. I am not sure how many aircraft their pad would take.. but with some considerate parking.. I dont think we would have any problems with around 6 aicraft?

They have some fantastic food... so I think lunch and a few "non alchoholic beers" are in order!

What do people recon?

(I would anticipate this being one weekend in July?)

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The lake, (Hotel just off the right of the photo:


Hotel- Helipad is the little square green on the very left of the image.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, definitely, good idea.

I've still not quite managed to make it to Lake Vyrnwy, despite at least 3 attempts...

(And if someone takes along a set of R22 and R44 wheels, you might get a few more helis in.)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you'd struggle to get 6 in a Vyrnwy - we went with two Robbies once and you may get 4 in at a squeeze (depends what types I suppose!).

Know anywhere else around Wales? Only other ones I've been to were Seiont Manor (quite pricey) and the Stables, which is more North West Wales and is great but doesn't do any food.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just waiting for some ideas from a friend who grew up in the Shrewsbury area. I know theres a big country club hotel near Shrewsbury that may be suitable.

Theres the Miskin Manor hotel near Cardiff, I believe the owner has a R44 and has been into Heliair in the past.

If I go by road then am happy to pick up wheels on the way if it makes handling and parking at the destination better.[/url]
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin Rosenberg, who owns Miskin Manor, is always asking when we are going to fly in. He is more than happy to accommodate 'loads' of helis.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of our PPL(H) guys Simon taught when we were up in North Wales has a hotel in St Asaph. We are going to his hotel next Tues & Wed so I will ask him how many helis they can accommodate. It's a fantastic hotel, reasonably priced for stayovers, and they have a pool (and pet peacocks!!)

There are plenty of beaches just a short taxi ride away as well.

The hotel is called Faenol Fawr.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There we go one in South Wales and may be one in North Wales. The Miskin Manor landing site is fairly large and can post some photos if need be.

St Asaph, Catwoman isn't that Bodelwyddan Castle country.

Lets hope we can get something set up. If its a day trip then perhaps Miskin Manor could lay on a BBQ???
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Miskin is a nice place and I agree the landing site is enormous.... But its nowhere near any sizeable mountains for any "mountain fun" Laughing

There must be somewhere in Mid/North Wales that can accomodate a few of us..... its not like there is a shortage of empty space! Very Happy (How many copters can we balance on the top of Crib goch?) Rolling Eyes Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a couple of suggestions given to me by a friend for Mid Wales

Mellington Hall near Welshpool, has plenty of room for helicopters. Dinner bed and breakfast is 149.50 per room per night for two sharing

Just waiting to hear back from another Edderton Hall again near Welshpool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you aware of a hotel in Betws-Y-Coed with a helipad? I am sure I heard about one in the past, but cant remeber for the life of me where or what it was!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will ask our Welsh friends on Wednesday and get back with info on Betws-y-Coed. And if they know of other suitable locatons.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've landed at the an hotel in Betwys Y Code I beleive it was called the wellington, I will check and report back shortly ( from memory only space for one helicopter).

Royally p1ssed off the people in the beer garden, no one had landed there for a few weeks ( if not months ) and the the dust cloud created in very light but present wind that blew across the road went straight to them, I was quite apologetic until the manager came out and told me he had asked everyone in the beer garden to move because there was a helicopter due in and some cave dwellers had decided to stay there. The pad is not overly close to the hotel so I guess they got what was coming, he had clearly seen it happen before.

There was another up the road just outside the town but I believe it is unavailable now.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked it was called the Waterloo.

Not been since 1999 so it may have changed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's the Stables Hotel near Caernarfon, which is by some nice BIG mountains (well, big in UK terms) but it's a little bit further afield than Vyrnwy.

There's also the Bringewood where we had the Christmas do I suppose - lots of acres of land there. Not quite in Wales but almost!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonder if the bringewood have chopped down those annoying trees on the helipad area. Get more in there with out them.!!
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