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Blease Fell

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use The wind sock has been removed. No landing fields are available below the fell wall apart from the designated landing Field adjacent to the A66 (formerly known as the football field - DO NOT MIX THIS UP with the school games field in the centre of the village, which does have goalposts in it).
Last Updated : Not recorded
Wind : S - SSE Nil Wind : Y
Grid Ref : NY306261 Height (AMSL) : 1540' / 470m
Site Code : 17.023 Top to Bottom : 720' / 220m

Location

N Lakes - Blencathra

Details

An excellent and very demanding site. Blease Fell is a large grass covered mountain that rises up from the Glenderaterra Beck on to the west and Threlkeld to the south. The site is notorious for generating massive lift and once airborne there is the possibility of soaring the whole Blencathra range and jumping across the gap to Jenkin Hill and then onto Skiddaw. The lift often extends well in front of the hill and it is not uncommon to have to fly out past the A66(T) before finding sink. Thermals are commonplace.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

CA12 4SG

Blencathra Centre. Make sure that you take the right fork when within 200 metres of the post code location

Getting There

Approach by exiting the A66(T) at Threlkeld and proceed up through the village taking the steep road north towards the Blencathra Centre. Park in the car park at the end of the road just above and beyond the centre. The parking area can become very busy.

Getting to takeoff

It is a steep carry up the path from the car park until you clear the bracken line. The slope then eases and then leads to large areas to take off from.

XC potential

Excellent potential both downwind and, in the right conditions, for achieving large 'triangle' flights. Avoid the west side of Dodd Fell from April to end of August as this is a well known Osprey nesting area.

Permission to use site

Arrange by Northern Sites Officer

Briefing

Additional Safety Notes

Extreme care must be taken on breezy days as being blown back is not an option! Many fields below the fell wall contain power lines and also slope considerably. Great care must be taken whilst landing. If the designated field is not available then pilots either slope land above the bracken. Do not attempt to land on the small track leading north west out of the car park ( the "old landing area"). This is very demanding and it has been the source of many accidents. In the past, landing was possible but the greater performance of modern paragliders makes this much more of a challenge. Also the trees have grown considerably and cause considerable turbulence.

Paragliding

Probably the most demanding site in the North Lakes area. The flying and the lift generated can be very intimidating. It is not uncommon to take off and spend the next hour in big ears before getting below take off. It is advised that pilots have at least 50 hours experience and are comfortable in strong thermals and are confident at landing in the designated field

Hang Gliding

A killer carry. Recommended landing in large empty fields south of the A66(T).

XC potential

Excellent potential both downwind and, in the right conditions, for achieving large 'triangle' flights. Avoid the west side of Dodd Fell from April to end of August as this is a well known Osprey nesting area.

Blease Fell Map