Cumbria Soaring Club

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Black Combe (West)

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Avoid the south end of the site during the lambing season. Ask at the appropriate farm for permission
Last Updated : 28/01/2018 at 15:44 by Jaysen Metcalfe
Wind : WNW - WSW Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : SD119862 Height (AMSL) : 570' - 1500' / 174m - 458m
Site Code : 17.055 Top to Bottom : 400' - 1330' / 122m - 406m


SW Lakes - nr Millom


Generally smooth with extensive soaring. Being only 1500m inland the area is not renowned for its thermals. Either take off can be used depending on wind direction. The south end is the easier carry with an excellent top landing area. This is a safe and enjoyable place to fly for all pilots.

Local Sites Contact - Jaysen Metcalfe 07811 120614

Site Officer

Jaysen Metcalfe : 07811 120614


Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

LA19 5UW

Monk Foss Farm about 1 mile south of the parking area.

Getting There

Overlooks east side of A595 (Whitehaven to Greenoddd road on the A590) south of Bootle. See map for parking areas. Only about 4 cars at both places; park as tight as possible. More car parking further up the road on the left.

Getting to takeoff

A footpath (signed) starts 1.6 km south of Bootle (limited parking). Follow footpath across field through two gates and onto open fell either straight up or road the back. Take off is just above a rocky outcrop

XC potential

Great potential but only 36km for now

Permission to use site

Monk Foss Farm, Stangrah Farm; Townend Farm, Whitbeck; Hole Ghyll Farm; Parsonage Farm for the bottom landing field below the SE face; Far End Farm.


Additional Safety Notes

Beware of the pronounced horizontal component to the wind over the shallower upper slopes. Public telephones are at Valley End and Whitbeck.


No vices. Some interesting challenges exist; study the maps of the area. Either take off can be used depending upon whether wind is south or north of west. This is a great site for low airtime pilots as it often provides smooth and extensive lift.

Hang Gliding

As for PG but the north take off requires a bit of a carry and is more awkward to top land. Bottom landings are often done in fields through which a footpath runs. However, Monk Foss fields are the official ones. ask at Moss Foss.

XC potential

Great potential but only 36km for now

Black Combe (West) Map