Exercise reports

Machynlleth Loop

By Ian Garfield | 2008-2010
Low flying in Wales.

A high ranking place on every military spotters wish list is the Machynlleth Loop in Wales. The Loop area is part of a low fly area called LFA7, which covers the most of Wales. The Mach Loop is situated between Dolgellau and Machylleth.

The loop area is literally a roundabout of flowed valleys running counter-clockwise following the A470 north eastwards from Machynlleth in the south to Dinas Mawddwy then heading north west to join the A487 at the Cross Foxes Inn. From here it follows the A487 southwards through Corris to end back at Machynlleth. You have 3 popular places to photograph, The Cadair Idris (CAD), The Bwlch and Corris corner. Check place our map for the spots and the parking places.


XX171, Hawk

ZH886, Hercules

ZH889, Hercules

ZH567, Harrier

ZA544, Tornado

ZA544, Tornado

ZH889, Hercules

ZH886, Hercules

ZA544, Tornado

ZH887, Hercules

ZD353, Harrier

XX175, Hawk

XX175, Hawk

XX181, Hawk

XX175, Hawk

XX338, Hawk

ZH882, Hercules

ZH866, Hercules

ZH866, Hercules

Over a 3 year period Ian Garfield took these beautiful shots on the hills of Machynlleth Loop. If you have shots of your own, please send them to us as we like to add them to this page.

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