SSW - W
|Status Message :||AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANDOWNER, & PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO FLY from Mr McTear at Bewaldeth (Farm Map Ref: NY210347) . Otherwise advice must be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986).
This site has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (the landowner) there are DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.
You may well see school gliders flying here. This does not mean you can fly! You can ask school staff if you can join their group, please respect their wishes and note you may be asked to contribute to their costs.
DO NOT LAND ON, TAKE OFF FROM OR SCRATCH anywhere in the whole fenced off area of BINSEY at any time! See Briefing page for details.
|Wind :||SSW - W|
|Nil Wind :||No|
|Grid Ref :||NY211362||Height (AMSL) :||980' / 299m|
|Site Code :||17.014||Top to Bottom :||240' / 73m|
N Lakes - W of Skiddaw
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.
Site OfficerChris Little : 07966153668
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
CA13 9SU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:
Centre of Bewaldeth village, about 1 mile south of the access road to the site.
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 ... CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU!
Please park on the hard standing by the 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.
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
PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO FLY from Mr McTear at Bewaldeth (Farm Map Ref: NY210347), NO PERMISSION - NO FLYING.
This applies even if other pilots, or a school, are already flying or on the hill. If a school is operating, you can ask school staff if you can join their group. Please respect their wishes and note you may be asked to contribute to their costs. Otherwise advice must be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986). It is worth phoning for the current situation before you arrive.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
OBTAINING PERMISSION: AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANDOWNER, & PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO FLY from Mr McTear at Bewaldeth (Farm Map Ref: NY210347) NO PERMISSION - NO FLYING.
Otherwise advice must be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986). It is worth phoning for the current situation before you arrive.
Note that this site has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (the landowner) there are DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.
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...... DO NOT LAND ON, TAKE OFF FROM OR SCRATCH anywhere in the whole area, at any time!
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, this will involve asking school staff and possibly making a donation to school site fees.
No flying when motorcycling events are taking place.
Avoid the NW end of the site when model aircraft flyers are using it.
No dogs allowed on the site or fellsides.
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, as is usual, 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.
Easy take off and bottom landing. The bottom landing is uneven with a slight downslope.
Additional Safety Notes
When the wind is off to the West, it can become turbulent, especially over the gully to the right of takeoff.
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.
|Google Earth - Car Park|
|Google Street View - Parking||Up the track on the right|
Local Information - Pubs/Food etc
Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only! You may find details of other facilities here
|The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite|
|Grid Reference :||NY231323|
|Distance from Site :||3.0 miles|
|Notes :||Gordie Oliver's local|
|Click here to go to the web site|
|Click here to see the place in Google Street View|
|A good overall view of Bewaldeth from the air. Take off is marked by the gliders, landing is by the car. Photo by Dave Horne|
|Looking back to take off from the north, Binsey in the background. Photo by Paul Gannon|
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 :||Patrick Holmes|
|Out and Return|
|Pilot :||Steve Etherington|
|Notes :||TO 16.45
Flew to Jenkin Hill and back
Glider Niviuk Icepeak XP
|Open Distance XC|
|Max Height :||4100ft|