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|Status Message :||DUE TO CONTINUING ISSUES, AND AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANDOWNER, THIS SITE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOL USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.|
You may well see school gliders flying here. This does not mean the site is open! You can ask school staff if you can join their group. Please respect their wishes.
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 making it suitable for training. Fair conditions allow the crossing to Binsey to be made so increasing the scope of the site.
Note that this site has multiple stakeholders; apart from the landowner there is DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be very carefuly managed if we are to retain any use of the site.
Site OfficerSteve Giles : 01768 780297
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
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, 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. Otherwise advice should be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986). To save time it is worth phoning for the current situation before you arrive.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
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 disturbance of the poor wee animals they wish to shoot to death...... DO NOT LAND ON, TAKE OFF FROM OR SCRATCH anywhere in the whole area, at any time!
OBTAINING PERMISSION: Pilots MUST obtain permission, 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. Otherwise advice should be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986). To save time it is worth phoning for the current situation before you arrive.
TRAINING: Note that this is an essential site for training and schools using the site must 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.
Don't click on flight logs, download to your PC first (right click and 'Save Link As')
|Type||Click to Follow Link||Notes|
|Flash Earth - Car Park|
|Flash Earth - Landing|
|Flash Earth - Landing 2|
|Flash Earth - Take Off|
|Google Earth - Car Park|
|Google Street View - Parking||Up the track on the right|
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 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|