Walla Crags

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use SAFETY: This site lies in the path of the busiest military low flying corridor in the country. THIS SITE MUST BE NOTAM'd prior to ANY MID WEEK FLYING.(Tel: 0800 51 55 44 - SITE CODE 17.078 GRID REF: NY 277 214). In the light of both the most recent incident, and in the light of incidents that have occurred in the not too distant past, the CSC Committee feels that the following is now the only course of action open to them: WALLA CRAG IS NOW A NOTAM ONLY SITE (for ALL mid week flying). Any pilot who is known to have flown on Walla Crag 'mid-week' and has failed to carry out the correct NOTAM procedure WILL BE NAMED AND SHAMED. Continued abuse of the SITE RULES governing flying at Walla Crag WILL RESULT IN THE SITE BEING CLOSED and measures put in place to prevent future flying at the site. DO NOT overfly the farm buildings at any time - failure to observe this request will lose the site!
An exclusion area exists over the farm. Permission must be sought from the farmer prior to flying. The farmer will identify a suitable landing field. Keep the head of the road clear of parked cars. Use the footpath along the edge of the field to exit by. No dogs allowed on the site.
Last Updated : 30/07/2017 at 08:53 by Ian Henderson
Wind : WNW - NW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY277214 Height (AMSL) : 1210' / 369m
Site Code : 17.078 Top to Bottom : 450' / 137m


N Lakes - S of Keswick


An excellent light wind site; can be inter-flown with Latrigg. The cliff edge requires a take-off with conviction! Not good for nil/very light wind forward launches, due to flat top & limited space. This is a good reliable thermal site and is in the right place for convergence. Also a classic afternoon site in a gentle seabreeze.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

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

CA12 4TE - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Just north of Castlerigg Farm which in turn is 500m north of Rakefoot Farm

Getting There

Approach from the A591. Descending into Keswick from the south, take a minor road on the left leading to Castlerigg campsite. Parking space is limited to 6 cars. DO NOT block road/access to Rakefoot Farm. There is a possibility of parking at Castlerigg campsite - a donation is required.

Getting to takeoff

From the road end climb the hillside heading towards the right following the line of the field boundary. The take off is 30m beyond the small gate.

Permission to use site

Rakefoot Farm, Castlerigg Farm and The National Trust

Additional Safety Notes

THIS SITE LIES IN THE PATH OF THE BUSIEST MILITARY LOW FLYING CORRIDOR IN THE COUNTRY. THIS SITE MUST BE NOTAM'd PRIOR TO ANY MID WEEK FLYING. Correctly identify the take-off point. There is a small, flat heather covered rigging area in front of the wall 30m beyond a small access gate. The take-off is just in front of this. Easy cliff take-off but no second chances.Not good for nil/light wind forward launches. Top land well back behind the wall - in moderate winds rotor may exist some distance back from the edge.


The HG emergency landing field should be no problem in light winds. Just below take-off height an easy top landing can be made 100m to the right (near the approach path). Keep away from the trees please and do not overfly the farm.

Hang Gliding

Care with the take-off; brief your wiremen carefully. If 30m below take-off go for the bottom landing field. Leave it too late and it could be the emergency landing filed which is difficult due to size, slope and trees.

XC potential

To be completed


Click on the photo for a full size image.

A panoramic view of the North Lakes, probably taken from the Blencathra area. Walla Crags is the steep ground with Derwent Water on its right. Photo by Mike Harper.
Looking to the SW with Derwent Water on the right
Walla Crags from the air with Blencathra in the background. 2 gliders are in the take off area. Photo by Peter Rycroft.
Another view of Walla Crags looking north east. Photo by Mike Harper.
One landing option is Crow Park nexy to the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Photo by Mike Harper


Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only! You may find details of other facilities here

  Heights Hotel, Keswick
Grid Reference : NY282226
Distance from Site : 0.3 miles
Notes : The Heights aka Cragg Bar serves Lakeland Gold which is one of the best beers around. The quality of the beer is a bit variable but the beer garden is stunning and generally quiet. They have a menu of vegetarian food and out of date snacks. There's plenty of parking in their car park or the layby next to it. Midge repellent is advisable.
  Click here to see the place in Google Street View


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  
Distance : 32.5km
Date : 14/05/1996
Pilot : Mark Stuart
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 57.9km
Max Height : 5350ft
Date : Unknown
Pilot : Unknown

Data Resources

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.

Link Resource Type Notes
Google Earth Google Earth - Car Park
Street View Google Street View - Parking Keep the lane clear!

Walla Crags Map


Walla Crags Map