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Bewaldeth

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Status : Amber
Status Message :AT THE REQUEST OF THE LANDOWNER, & PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST OBTAIN PERMISSION TO FLY from Mr McTear at Bewaldeth (NY210347) . Otherwise advice must be sought from Gordie Oliver at Air Ventures (07830 281986).

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

Location

N Lakes - W of Skiddaw

Details

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.

Note that this site has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (the landowner) there is DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.

Site Officer

Steve Giles : 01768 780297

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

CA13 9SU

Centre of Bewaldeth village, about 1 mile south of the access road to the site.

Getting There

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!

Parking:
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.

XC potential

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 (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 (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.


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.

Paragliding

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.

Hang Gliding

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.

Resources

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
Flash Earth - Landing Flash Earth
Flash Earth - Landing 2 Flash Earth
Flash Earth - Take Off Flash Earth
Google Earth - Car Park Google Earth
Google Street View - Parking Street ViewUp 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

Local Information

Pubs

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

Photo

Looking back to take off from the north, Binsey in the background. Photo by Paul Gannon

Photo

 

Site Records

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
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 74.2km
Date : 02/06/1996
Pilot : Patrick Holmes
Out and Return  
Distance : 29.0km
Date : 23/04/2008
Pilot : Steve Etherington
Notes : TO 16.45
Flew to Jenkin Hill and back
Glider Niviuk Icepeak XP
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 35.4km
Max Height : 4100ft
Date : Unknown
Pilot : Unknown

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