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|Status Message :||Parking fee of £1 to be paid per person (not per car) to farmer and permission to fly granted before going onto the site.|
|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 OfficerSteve Giles : 01768 780297
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
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.
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 in the side of the road outside the entrance gate. Hang glider pilots should 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.
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
Gatra Farm Asby and Fangs Brow Farm.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
Check with the farmers before flying. 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 only, not in the fields. Close all gates. No training allowed. No dogs onto the site or fellsides.
More popular nowadays and with a growing reputation for quality flying.
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.
Don't click on flight logs, download to your PC first (right click and 'Save Link As')
|Type||Click to Follow Link||Notes|
|Google Earth - Car Park|
|Google Street View - Parking||Burnbank on a nice day, parking is on the left.|
Follow the links for further details of a site. For flights you will probably need to right click and save the link to your PC before opening Google Earth.
Google Earth links rely on Google Earth being installed on your system. Google Earth provides pan and tilt faciity. 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
Flash Earth is an alternative to Google Earth but provides a top down view only. To view in Flash Earth, click on the instruction text to clear it - the cross is the spot
Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only!
No pub details are available for this site. Send your recommendations to the webmaster.
A selection of photos showing key aspects of the site. If you have a good photo showing take off and landing areas, then send it to the webmaster. Aerial shots showing the landing area are especially welcome.
|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|
|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.|
|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|
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.
|Open Distance XC|
|Pilot :||Ian Hall/Pete Brown|
|No records for this site|