Shepherds Tump

Status: Shepherds Tump is open
Grid ref: SO 154 653
52.279062° (52° 16′ 44″ N)
-3.239131° (3° 14′ 21″ W)
HG rating: CP
PG rating: CP
Takes wind: 210 ° – 230 ° (SSW – SW)
Location: []
Maps: 1:50000 148 or Explorer 200
Shepherds TumpBlue arrows = take-off areas
Green triangles = landing fields
Thick red line = power lines (note: not all power lines are shown)
Red oblong = gates
P = parking
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South east off the A488 at Llanfihangel Rhydithon by a church. Follow the road/track up the hill. Park on the side of the track before the barn and walk to T/O on the right.

Dolau train station (with connections from Shrewsbury) is half a mile from the end of the track so easily within walking distance – good for if you go XC.



  • T/O altitude 1475 ft AMSL
  • Top to bottom 450 ft
  • Take-off and top landing are straightforward but rotor is likely near the gully to the left of T/O.
  • Bottom landing is very restricted in either of the two fields. You are advised to inspect it before flying. Do not land in the landing fields if cattle are present.
  • No paramotors allowed.
  • No dogs allowed.


Dave Thomas Declared Goal flight 15.07.18 To Uttoxeter, 116km


This area is used by low flying military aircraft on weekdays.


Nothing significant nearby, though Welshpool ATZ could be an issue.


  One Response to “Shepherds Tump”

  1. Limited experience of Shepherds Tump, but some notes about it.

    The SSW / SW face is very steep but has a nice rounded top with no trees, bushes, bracken to worry about, and only one fence a long way back, so looks ideal for ground handling as well as the less experienced to practice launching – slope landing would be very technical though. The bottom landing fields often have cows and calves in them – best to go and check them out before you launch as the nearest field is partly hidden by trees and the further one is a long way out. Please don’t use cow fields for yours and the animals sake.

    There is a very pronounced and tight headed bowl to this hill, and the west facing end of the bowl will work, but suffers with a strong venturi effect. Plenty of space to get blown back though.

    There are a multitude of bowls that will work looking in a southerly direction, some of which are official Mid Wales club sites, so you may see pilots on those – farmers need paying for access I understand. They take a variety of wind directions.

    Generally I would say not the nicest hill to scratch low on as there are big trees lower down the slope to create turbulence, however the more west there is to the wind the better the landscape is upwind so is probably smoother in that case

    Downwind is very nice as the hill drops away as you run in a NE direction along the valley – with train stations along it