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Status : Green
Status Message :NEVER land in the walled fields immediately adjacent to, or immediately across the road from the farm named 'The Hope' on the map. Doing so will jeopardise permission to use the site.
Otherwise it is permissible to land in the fields on the NW side of the road (subject to usual XC good practice re stock & crops).
Wind : WSW - NW    
Nil Wind : Yes    
Grid Ref : NY174243 Height (AMSL) : 1550' / 0m
Site Code : none Top to Bottom : 0' / 0m


NW Lakes - N of Crummock Water


A beautiful site that can provide classic scenic Lakes flying. Works best in W to NW winds, but can be flown OK in the more limiting WSW winds. Can sea breeze early, but will continue working although with more restricted lift.

Site Officer

Steve Giles : 01768 780297

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

CA13 9UD

Millbeck. This house is half a mile SW of the Swinside parking area. From here you need to drive north 0.2 miles to the next road junction. Turn right here and drive up this road for just under half a mile. The car parking area is just after the gate going north.

Getting There

From Keswick take the B5292 off the A66 and head for Whinlatter Pass. Once over the Pass, and after 1 km, turn left onto the single-track road. Follow this round into the Lorton Valley and again turn left at the only junction. Drive through the first fell gate and descend to the parking area just before the second fell gate (and just before Hopebeck Farm) (grid ref NY 169242).

Getting to takeoff

There is open fell access all the way up to the top of the fell and pilots may take off and land anywhere on this fellside above the road. Make sure that you do not take off north of the fence shown on the map.

Take off is almost directly above the car park, so the walk up is hard. The best way (only obvious when you walk down) is to walk along the track SSE from the car park for around 100 metres. Look for 2 runnels going directly up the fell (see photo). Take the right hand runnel, after inspecting the landing area, and walk directly up the fell. Towards the top of the runnel (as seen in the photo) look closely for an indistinct track on the left going diagonally up the fell. This will take you steadily up although it peters out near the top. Get above the heather beds to find the grassy takeoff.

XC potential

Opportunities for XC flying and exploring up and down the Lorton and Buttermere valleys are limitless.

Permission to use site

Ms C England, The Hope. NY167240.
Mr W Shields & Family, Scales Farm. NY166254.
Mr J Hope, Cornhow Farm. NY151223.

IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use

1. At present approved access to take off is only from the parking area at the foot of the fell. Access by any other route is the subject of sensitive negotiations. If you do access by another route do not park in any way that could hamper gate access for tractors or vehicles with trailers. Be prepared to obediently comply with any access instructions from the farmer WITHOUT QUESTION.
2. Take off only on the open fell. Do not take off from the field north of the fence shown on the map.
3. Do not land in the fields adjacent to 'The Hope' Farm; these are very sensitive. Otherwise it is permissible to land in any of the fields on the NW side of the road (subject to usual XC good practice re stock & crops).


A steep carry up with limited landing areas on the fellside.

Hang Gliding

Not suitable due to big steep carry up and lack of suitable landing areas.

Additional Safety Notes

Take care in freshening winds as being blown back is not an option and there are limited escape areas if this happens. Inexperienced pilots should take care on steep fellside landing.


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 Earth
Google Street View - Parking Street ViewThe parking area at Swinside

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

Local Information


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.

The car parking at Swinside is just by the lower gate on the fell. Park tidily as it's a bit cramped and it's used by walkers


An aerial view of the Swinside area looking S. The Swinside ridge is in the centre left with the wall running up it. You can see that there is a limited grass area between the wall and the bracken line. You must land on the open fell on this site, not in the fields. Photo reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner, Andrew McMahon. More pictures can be found on his web site.


Looking down to landing which is in the region of the tent - mainly to the left. It does slope.


The landing area looking SSE from just in front of the tent in the previous view


At take off looking NW. It helps to get above the heather!


From the car park walk along the track past the landing area. You need to walk up the right hand of these 2 runnels. As you walk up look carefully for a track on the left traversing diagonally up the fell



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.

FAI Triangle  
Distance : 38.0km approx
Date : 1999
Pilot : Patrick Holmes
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 46.0km
Date : Summer of 1999
Pilot : Burkitt Rudd
Notes : This flight went across the lakes using sea breeze convergence over Grasmere finally landing scarily between two large sets of powerlines next to the A6 north east of Selside.
Hang Gliding
No records for this site

Swinside Map


Swinside Map