Cumbria Soaring Club

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+ Nil Wind

Great Langdale

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Landing anywhere you like in the valley is NOT an option. Some of the farmers will be very unhappy if you land in their fields. Without a negotiated landing field there is to be NO flying. We do have very good landing options - please take the 10 mins to ask the relevant (and very friendly) farmers / landowners.

While there is no specific restrictions due to lambing it is paramount to call in at Millbeck farm to agree which fields are to be used for landing (At the moment the Club Wind sock is once again missing April 2016) - So please mark the agreed field with your on wind sock and inform all flyers of the correct field. I will look to get yet another Club windsock ASAP.
Last Updated : 30/07/2017 at 08:55 by Ian Henderson
Wind : SSE - SW Nil Wind : Y
Grid Ref : NY285073 Height (AMSL) : 1706' / 520m
Site Code : none Top to Bottom : 1410' / 430m


Central Lakes - W of Ambleside


A rugged mountain site overlooking the beautiful Langdale valley set amongst the peaks of the Langdale Pikes.

Site Officer

Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533


Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

LA22 9JX

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, opposite car park

Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 to Skelwith Bridge. Turn right onto the B5343 through Chapel Stile and on to Langdale.

Getting to takeoff

From the parking areas in the Langdale Valley near to the New Hotel (NY 296065), make for Thorn Crag via the Stickle Ghyll footpath or the path running between Pike Howe and Dungeon Ghyll. Either route is steep and sustained. At Thorn Crag a decision can be made, according to the wind direction and strength, to take off here, in front of Stickle Tarn or to the left of Gimmer Crag.

XC potential

Excellent potential but the terrain is wild and demanding. There is the potential for a very long walk out if you have to land out.

Permission to use site

Anyone flying from the summits around the head of Great Langdale should contact Middle Fell Farm, next to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (NY 285061) AND/OR call at Millbeck (NY 296066)behind the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. They will generously advise on a suitable landing field specific to that farm.


Additional Safety Notes

This is a big site set amongst some of the bigger hills of the Lake District. This site is not for low airtime pilots. Be careful of a sea breeze that can set in and bring with it a rapid change in wind direction and turbulence. Some of the available landing fields have difficult to see telephone / power lines across them. Take extreme care on any landing approach.


This is a big site and if there is any appreciable wind in the valley then it is more than likely that it will be blown out at take off. Best in very light or nil wind conditions when the (large) thermals can form over the vast areas of scree and fellside. If tracking along the valley to the east then be aware of the restrictions on landing fields in the valley. If in doubt land well up on the fell side and walk down.

Hang Gliding

An almost impossible carry up.

XC potential

Excellent potential but the terrain is wild and demanding. There is the potential for a very long walk out if you have to land out.

Great Langdale Map