Status : Amber
Status Message : Fee of £1 to be paid per pilot (not per car) to the farm at the top of Fangs Brow.
Permission to fly granted and £1s to be paid BEFORE going onto the site please! See 'Briefing' for photo of where to pay!
Wind : NNW - NE    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY112213 Height (AMSL) : 1470' / 448m
Site Code : 17.058 Top to Bottom : 700' / 214m


NW Lakes - W of Loweswater


This site is not often flown because of its rather remote location and the long carry up. In fact, the latter is not really the case and the flying here can be very good and a great place to escape. Excellent top and bottom landing is available. One of the few northerly sites available. In summer it seabreezes quickly to a westerly.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

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

CA13 0SU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

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. 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.

Getting to takeoff

From the entrance gate follow the track and strike upon to the fell from the either of the next two gates.

XC potential

Good XC flights have been made - in terms of pure distance the coast limits the potential, but the scenery is superb. By the same token, the terrain downwind is remote and extreme care should be exercised. The potential for a long walk out is quite high!

Permission to use site

Mr William Clark, Fangs Brow Farm.

IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use

Check with Fangs Brow Farm before flying. 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. A £1 parking fee is applicable to all flyers in each vehicle, i.e. four flyers equals £4. You pay BEFORE you walk up and it is non-returnable if you can't take off!
Land on the fell area, or in the field marked with an 'L'on the map below. At all costs, do not land back in the field to the South East of your car. Doing this is likely to cause trouble for us all! This field is owned by another farmer who is anti.
Close all gates.
No dogs onto the site or fellsides.


More popular nowadays and with a growing reputation for quality flying.

Hang Gliding

Aside from a bit of a carry the site deserves more attention.

Additional Safety Notes

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

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 Burnbank on a nice day, parking is on the left.

Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

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

  The Kirkstile Inn
Grid Reference : NY141209
Distance from Site : 3.0 miles
Notes : Good range of local real ales and excellent food.
  Click here to go to the web site
  Click here to see the place in Google Street View


A general view of Burnbank Fell. The pimples at the top of the steep slope are paragliders at takeoff. The track to takeoff goes to the left immediately in front of the camera and then curves round to the right and follows the wall up the fell
Take off is where the path starts to level off near the top of the hill. There is a marked level shelf as seen in the photo - watch out for no wind in the hollow
The photo shows where not to land! In the centre of the picture is the parking area by the road with the path leading up onto the fellside coming diagonally right towards the camera. The correct landing area is above the first gate on the fell, i.e. the rectangular grassy area to the left of the wall in the middle right at the foot of the photo.


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.

FAI Triangle  
Distance : 35.2km
Date : 16/09/2015
Pilot : Steve Etherington
Notes : An amazing flight circumnavigating the lakes of Loweswater, Crummock, Buttermere and a bit beyond.
IGC File : Right click to download
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 39.6km
Date : 28/04/1996
Pilot : Ian Hall/Pete Brown
Hang Gliding

No hang gliding records available for this site

Burnbank Map


Burnbank Map