So I am doing a blog post about the Mach Loop as we are in the heart of it here at the Dolbrodmaeth Riverside.
Read on if you are interested in the Mach loop & email or comment if you like my blog or even if you don,t like it.
The Mach Loop is a designated military Low Flying Area (LFA) in the north west of Wales, UK and is famed for its all year round opportunities to photograph military aircraft at very low levels.
We get quite a few people staying with us who are interested in the Mach loop & come a few times a year just for the chance to see the planes & take quite a few pics off the mountains just down the road from us.
The Mach loop gets its name from the town of Machynlleth, bordering the southern edge of the LFA. The Loop is used as a training area and aircraft get as low as 250 feet (76 metres) at speeds of up to 450knots (518MPH). This means that aircraft can actually fly beneath you through the valleys.
Note – The low flying times published by the RAF DO NOT relate to The Mach Loop.
Is it raining? No – They may come.
Is it foggy? Yes – They won’t come.
Is it sunny? Yes – They may or may not come.
Is it winter? Yes – They may come. Also, there is less dust, heat haze and other atmospheric distortion. This makes for better photos but colder limbs.
The rule is there are no rules, ‘They come when they come. But when they come, it is worth the hours of waiting’.
Before you go, ALWAYS check the weather forecast and ALWAYS take warm clothing, no matter what the season it. The Loop has its own weather micro climate and can be raining and cold, even when its dry and warm 2 miles down the road.
The Mach Loop is a set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south (and from which the Mach Loop gets its name), which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet (76 metres) from the nearest terrain.
The Mach Loop is a series of valleys in a loop in Wales, between Machynlleth in the south and the Cross Foxes Inn / Dinas Mawddwy in the north we are situated right in the middle here at Dinas Mawaddy & can see the planes fly right over our head.The best view as you can stand in our garden 7 watch them come down the valley.
For Sat Nav lovers there are a couple of post codes that will get you near the main viewing areas. There is no exact post code for each as houses are few and far between at the favourite spots. Post codes are the centre of an area so they are not specific to a house, building, tree or telegraph pole, therefore the following post codes will show you roughly where the location is. Always plan your route before leaving.
Corris Corner – Located approximately 1 mile west of Corris on the A487 and 0.5 miles west of the nearest post code of SY20 9RH.
So if you are interested in visiting the area come & stay with us The mach loops best place to take pics is only up the road from us.
I hope you found this blog post of interest please let me know what else you would like to know about the area & differant places you can visit.
I would Just like to say thank you to the chorley photographic society for allowing me to use there video form creative commons on utube.