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SSW - W

Bewaldeth

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use OBTAINING PERMISSION: AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANDOWNER, & PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO FLY from Mr McTear at Bewaldeth Farm (Map Ref: NY210347) NO PERMISSION - NO FLYING. The site entrance gate has a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear.
Otherwise advice can be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986). It is worth phoning for the current situation before you arrive.

Note that this site has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (the landowner) there are DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.

TRAINING: Note that this is an essential site for training and schools using the site have priority. While there may be scope for other pilots to fly, this will involve asking school staff and possibly making a donation to school site fees.


BINSEY: This is the large hill SE of the take off on Whittas Park. It is an active grouse moor with a gamekeeper and owners who actively oppose wildlife disturbance...... Please DO NOT LAND OR TAKE OFF FROM anywhere in the whole fenced Binsey area, at any time!


No flying when motorcycling events are taking place.


Avoid the NW end of the site when model aircraft flyers are using it.


No dogs allowed on the site or fellsides.
Last Updated : 25/08/2017 at 11:55 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : SSW - W Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : NY211362 Height (AMSL) : 980' / 299m
Site Code : 17.014 Top to Bottom : 240' / 73m

Location

N Lakes - W of Skiddaw

Details

A small site which works better than its size would suggest. This site is very user-friendly, with a flat top and large open landing area. Hence it is a key training site in the area. Fair conditions allow the crossing to Binsey to be made so increasing the scope of the site.

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

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

CA13 9SU

Centre of Bewaldeth village, about 1 mile south of the access road to the site.

Getting There

The site is visible from the A591 just North of the village of Bewaldeth. Coming from Keswick, look for a campsite entrance on the left, just after this turn right through a gate into a field ... CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU!

Note that the site entrance gate has a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear.

Parking:
Please park on the hard standing by the motor cross track. If this is full then please DO NOT park on the grass as the ground is very soft and muddy. If there is no space then park near the Lakes camp site, by the main road and walk up the track.

Getting to takeoff

A short walk-up of about 10 minutes. Avoid the direct route up the gap in the gorse bushes. Walk up to the right.

XC potential

The site is a good thermal producer making it easy to get away over flat ground downwind.The area has minimal restrictive airspace downwind. Possibly underestimated potential, as pilots are likely to use other sites on the best days. Hexham is the current record set by Pat Holmes in the 90's, a flight where he never got above 1,500ft AGL!

Permission to use site

Mr McTear at Bewaldeth Farm (Map Ref: NY210347)
Note permission to fly MUST ALWAYS BE OBTAINED, see restrictions.

Briefing

Hazards

When the wind is off to the West, it can become turbulent, especially over the gully to the right of takeoff.

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

Take Off

Please ensure you comply with the site restrictions!

Avoid the direct route to take off up the gap in the gorse bushes, instead please walk up to the right.

Easy grassy take off area.

Landing Areas

The bottom landing is uneven with a slight downslope.

Excellent big flat top landing area behind take off.

Flying

A very useful site which can sometimes be flown when poor conditions, such as low cloudbase or stronger winds at higher altitudes, put the bigger sites out of bounds. When schools are using the site, experienced pilots should take off to one side or the other of the main take off area, and give student pilots plenty of room.

In stronger conditions it is possible to take off at the base of the slope and fly up, but beware the gorse bushes ;-)

XC potential

The site is a good thermal producer making it easy to get away over flat ground downwind.The area has minimal restrictive airspace downwind. Possibly underestimated potential, as pilots are likely to use other sites on the best days. Hexham is the current record set by Pat Holmes in the 90's, a flight where he never got above 1,500ft AGL!

Bewaldeth Map