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Blease Fell

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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 : Yes    
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

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)

CA12 4SG - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

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.

Permission to use site

Arrange by Northern Sites Officer

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.

Photos

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An aerial view of Blease Fell looking NW. Take of is the area above the bracken line in the centre of the picture. Photo reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner, Andrew McMahon. More pictures can be found on his web site.
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A general view of Blencathra from SW. Blease Fell is the grassy western flank of the mountain, dominating the centre left of the photo.
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Looking down on the take off area. On the left of the picture, 2 wings have landed on the side of the walk up track which continues down through the bracken. To the left of the flying wing, the walk up track continues up to the ruined building in the foreground. This is on a "shelf" which marks the general take off area. Photo by John Hamlett
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The restricted area near the car park on Blease Fell. Do not attempt to land here! Modern paraglider performance makes this a non viable landing area
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A good view of the football field on the south side of the A66 and SE of Threkeld. Photo by Dave Horne
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The football field (for landing) is clearly marked in this photo. Avoid landing in any other fields.
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Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only! You may find details of other facilities here

  Horse and Farrier, Threkeld
Grid Reference : NY322254
Distance from Site : 1.3 miles
Notes : A Jennings pub in Threkeld immediately below Blease Fell. The Treasurer reports that the food is excellent! (Oct 2010).
  Click here to go to the web site
  Click here to see the place in Google Street View

 

This page shows records for this site. Some of the older records are not very detailed. More recent records may have an igc file available You can right click and download this to your PC. You can then use IGC Flight replay to view the flight.

Paragliding
Declared Out and Return  
Distance : 38.2km
Date : 03/06/2012
Pilot : Multiple Pilots
Notes : A number of pilots completed this as an LCC task (this became briefly a National Declared Out and Return record).
IGC File : Right click to download
FAI Triangle  
Distance : 49.9km
Date : 27/04/2011
Pilot : Phil Wallbank
Notes : Record triangles also set this day on CatBells (Rod Welford -49.6km) and at Wrynose (Mike Cavanagh - 50.9km)
IGC File : Right click to download
Turnpoint Flight  
Distance : 108.9km
Date : 11/07/2009
Pilot : Mike Cavanagh
Notes : The flight that broke the 100km straight line record from a Cumbrian flying site. The flight took 3 hrs 20 mins from Blease to Crawford in the Clyde valley.
IGC File : Right click to download
Hang Gliding

No hang gliding records available for this site

Data Resources

Follow the links to see the site in Google Earth and Google Street view. To access the former, you will need to have Google Earth installed on your PC. You can also upload your flights to GE - use GPS Dump (Links Page) to convert a variety of GPS file formats to a GE kml file.

Link Resource Type Notes
Google Earth Google Earth - Car Park
Street View Google Street View - Parking Google Street View doesn't go any further but you're almost there. Continue up the track on the right over a cattle grid. Parking can get busy.

Blease Fell Map

Legend

Blease Fell Map