Cad West & Cad East

Cad West, in the Mach Loop, is a great location if you want a ‘topside’ or ‘level-pass’ view of aircraft. You also get a decent amount of time to prepare following the initial shout of “incoming!”, as the aircraft approach from your left. If you are lucky, they will sometimes take a left in to Corris Corner, potentially giving you the opportunity for a second pass. There is plenty of room for parking, with a steadily advancing climb as you make your way up the hillside.

Cad West

Latitude: 52:42:31N
Longitude: 3:50:42W
Approximate climb: 300 feet
Car park distance: Half a mile
Nearest Post Code: LL40 2SH

Cad West, mach loop

Cad East

Latitude: 52:42:13N
Longitude: 3:50:38W
Approximate climb: 400 feet
Car park distance: One mile
Nearest Post Code: L40 2SH

Cad East, in the Mach Loop, is a the place to visit if you want a ‘topside’ view of aircraft, stunning views as far as Bala and Mount Snowdon on a clear day. The aircraft pass from your right, with plenty of time to prepare. The ascent is relatively lengthy (in Mach loop viewing location terms), but it is worth the effort.

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This images above are intended purely as a rough guide to finding your way to Cad West and cad East. The arrows provide you a general flow for the climb – be sure to take care and follow the safest route for you.

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Respect and consideration!

Please remember that the majority of these locations fall on privately owned land, so take care if crossing fences or gates – and please do not leave any litter.
The same should also be said to parking your vehicle in a considerate and unobstructive manner.

6 Replies to “Cad West & Cad East”

  1. Can anyone give an Ordnance survey grid ref for the Cad East viewing point my attempts to convert long lat coordinates have frustrated me

  2. Loving this. Is there a timetable for 2018 anywhere please. They fly low over our house, we live on the border of Herefordshire/Worcestershire/Shropshire.
    Would love to get into Wales for some of these views.

  3. There is no timetable, you can see jets passing through anytime from 7am to 7pm providing enough light is available, thee is NO guarantee of seeing anything but the climb and wait is worth it just for one pass !!


  4. Hi

    Can anyone help me with times. I am travelling from Prestatyn on Thursday 19th July (Next week) and would like positive info on flying times as I will have my son with me who has learning difficulties and I do not want to let him down.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    eg: best arrival time, flying times etc plus parking.

    Thank You


  5. went yesterday weather nice, warm at car park BUT cold wind on top of hill, got there at 2pm saw nothing but nice views,
    will go again .

    to all the viewers that go , is the low flying still going on and any best day , my wife loves the Chinook

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