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Bewaldeth

Key Facts

Status : Amber
Status Message : ALL PILOTS (except those under the direct control of a flight school) MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION to fly and PAY £1 per pilot BEFORE ACCESSING THE SITE.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use OBTAINING PERMISSION:
PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST REQUEST PERMISSION TO FLY and PAY £1 per pilot to Mr McTear at Bewaldeth Farm (see photos and Map Ref: NY210347) NO PERMISSION - NO FLYING. See photo of Farm. The site entrance gate may have a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear.

Note that this site is our only one completely within one field and it has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (and his farm animals) there are DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.

NESTING BIRDS & AERO MODELLERS:
Avoid the NW end of the site during the nesting season and if model aircraft flyers are using it.

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, Mr McTear may limit numbers and qualified pilots may be denied permission even though training is taking place. Please graciously respect the landowner's wishes.

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!

DOGS: No dogs allowed on the flying site without permission.

Last Updated : 15/05/2018 at 21:57 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.

This is Jocky Sanderson's summary of the site:
"Bewaldeth is one of the classic jewels in the CSC’s crown. It was where the first hang gliders flew and CSC pilots owe their thanks to the farmers, first George and now Leslie, for their continued kindness and support over the years and long may that continue. Many of us learnt to fly at Bewaldeth and others will continue to do so given good co-operation & communication between the pilots, clubs and schools involved in managing the site and by respecting the farmer's wishes."

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.

Note that the site entrance gate may have a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear and CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU,

Parking:
Please park on the hard standing by the old 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 and a £1 per pilot fee paid before accessing the site, 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 ;-)

During the nesting season (end March - end July) avoid the NW end of the site (past the beck on the north end of the ridge) as there are nesting curlews; if possible don't land, walk or scratch there so as to give the birds plenty of space.

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