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Burnbank

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use - For permission to fly and info on stock and landing, BEFORE you fly, a FEE of £1 PER PILOT to to be paid at the farm at the top of Fangs Brow. The £1 flying fee is applicable to all flyers in each vehicle, i.e. four flyers equals £4; please pay BEFORE you walk up and note it is non-returnable.
This link shows the yard for Fangs Brow Farm; the link should open Google Street View pointing to the right place. It's the door the Land Rover is pointing at.

- Land on the fell area, or in the field marked with an 'L' on the map below. At all costs, do not land in the field to the South East of the road access gate. Doing this is likely to result in a serious farmer conflict for the pilot and difficulties for the club (this field is owned by another farmer who strongly objects to us landing on his property).
- Close all gates unless tied or propped open.
- No dogs onto the site or fellsides.
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Last Updated : 28/07/2017 at 18:23 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : NNW - NE Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : NY112213 Height (AMSL) : 1470' / 440m
Site Code : 17.058 Top to Bottom : 624' / 190m

Location

NW Lakes - W of Loweswater

Details

Popular with local pilots and, on the right day, worth a longish drive.
The flying here can be very good with spectacular scenery and a great place to escape the crowds.
It is one of the few northerly sites available but note that in summer it can seabreeze early from the west (safety not affected).
Burnbank offers various XC opportunities from short first steps to full on epic mountain flights for the experienced.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

CA13 0SU

Grange Country House Hotel. The postcode covers a large area. The hotel is one mile north of the flying site and lies to the east of the parking area.

Getting There

The best approach is from the A5086 via Mockerkin. Alternatively, the site can be approached via the scenic route from Keswick - this follows the Whinlatter Pass and the Lorton Vale to Loweswater. Parking is on the side of the road outside the entrance gate.

Getting to takeoff

From the entrance gate follow the unsurfaced road. After the next two gates strike off straight up the fell. Initially the path is indistinct but becomes obvious where it becomes steeper, this final section of the walk up is a short but steep haul. Once at the top there is a good choice of flat grassy take offs.

Hang glider pilots may seek permission to drive to the foot of the hill (track becomes impassable in the wet), unload and then drive back to the road to park.

XC potential

XC POTENTIAL
Burnbank offers various excellent XC opportunities from first short steps to full on epic mountain flights for the experienced.
A flight 1km SE to Carling Knott and back is easy. Flights towards the Kirkstile Pub and then onto Melbreak give plenty of landing options and we have permission to land in the fields you will fly over.
For experienced XC pilots: Due south the terrain is remote and care should be exercised, the potential for a long walk out is quite high! The ridge from Red Pike to Herdus works well and a flight over High Stile and the Buttermere fells or a crossing over Enerdale enables further options.

Permission to use site

Mr William Clark, Fangs Brow Farm.

Briefing

Hazards

Suitable for novice CPs as long as they don't stray from the site and they respect both windy days and strongly thermic days.

Beware of turbulence in fresh winds. The site can become increasingly turbulent the more easterly the wind and the stronger the wind.

If going XC: Before going deep into, or high over, the big mountains make sure you know what you're doing & where you are going. Otherwise fly in radio contact with a competent guide and ensure you don't lose height close downwind of summits or behind spurs thereby dropping into rotor and severe turbulence. If it's a windy day (over 10mph?) think twice before making committing moves! NOVICES BEWARE!!!

Take Off

One of the few northerly sites available this is a favourite with local pilots and worth the drive on the right day.

There are various grassy take off areas allowing for differing wing directions.

Beware of turbulence in fresh winds, especially so if there is an increasing easterly component to the wind.

In summer the site can seabreeze early from the west becoming un-soarable, but without particularly affecting safety.

Landing Areas

This site has excellent top and bottom landings.

There is a very big flat grassy area extending behind take off and the site is generally 'top landing friendly'.

When bottom landing please land on the fell area, or in the field marked with an 'L' on the map below. At all costs, do not land in the field to the South East of the road access gate. Doing this is likely to result in a serious farmer conflict for the pilot and difficulties for the club (this field is owned by another farmer who strongly objects to us landing on his property).

Flying

Given the right wind conditions; the flying here can be very good throughout the year, spectacular scenery and a great place to escape the crowds.

XC potential

XC POTENTIAL
Burnbank offers various excellent XC opportunities from first short steps to full on epic mountain flights for the experienced.
A flight 1km SE to Carling Knott and back is easy. Flights towards the Kirkstile Pub and then onto Melbreak give plenty of landing options and we have permission to land in the fields you will fly over.
For experienced XC pilots: Due south the terrain is remote and care should be exercised, the potential for a long walk out is quite high! The ridge from Red Pike to Herdus works well and a flight over High Stile and the Buttermere fells or a crossing over Enerdale enables further options.

Burnbank Map