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Barton Fell

Key Facts

Status : Amber
Status Message : During the Corvid 19 period, please take particular care over the following.

Approach the site from the East via Helton. Do not use the Roe Head carpark even if you can find a space. Even the Helton approach is now getting very busy and issues are arising over roadside parking on the Helton road. To maintain a low profile for our activity DO NOT PLANT WIND SOCKS.

Take extra care not to land in the cultivated fields below the ridge.

Martindale, the valley in front of the ridge, remains very sensitive during this Covid 19 period.. Please do not fly in a way that risks an unplanned landing in this area.. (The rough ground directly between the ridge and the farm walls is fine.)

"Due to Covid 19, please be sensitive to local concerns: park with consideration, ensure you follow government guidelines re distancing, gloves and masks as appropriate, and respect requests of locals, ensuring you avoid confrontation".

If you do get involved in any dispute please inform the Site Officer as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use STAY WELL AWAY FROM, AND DO NOT OVERFLY, ANY HORSES . WE HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH PILOTS CAUSING A DISTURBANCE TO PONY TREKKERS AND THIS MUST BE AVOIDED if we are to retain this site. DO NOT use any grazed fields.

We have agreed a NO LOW FLYING AREA to the north of the ridge. SEE PHOTOGRAPH FOR BOUNDARIES. The agreed minimum height is 500ft AGL. This is the absolute minimum, higher is better! This restriction operates every day until 1700 hrs while the pony trekkers are operating. The pony trekking season is flexible. This year (2020) it is planned to continue into mid November. Any change of status will be published on this web site. If you haven't heard, assume trekking is in operation!
Last Updated : 09/12/2020 at 19:41 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : WNW - NNW Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : NY463212 Height (AMSL) : 1860' / 567m
Site Code : none Top to Bottom : 890' / 271m

Location

NE Lakes - Ullswater

Details

A brilliant site. Barton Fell is the long ridge running down the SE side of Ullswater. The site has excellent slopes with the benefit of gentle ground over the back. Lots of potential for XC flights. No formal permission yet so be polite to any farmers. Good alternative to Clough Head if you don't mind a walk.

Site Officer

Chris Field : 07514746197

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

Getting There

Approach from the East via Askham and Helton and park unobtrusively on the fell road that runs SW from Helton in area of GR 497215 (see photo)

Getting to takeoff

For the Helton approach there are numerous options, this is the dry one. Take the very obvious track from GR 497315 heading NW for 0.9 miles. There is a new obvious signpost at the junction (GR 487225) (see photo)where you take a less obvious track WSW and follow it to the Cockpit (0.3 miles) and then continue on a good track WSW to cross Aik Beck. Head SSW up the obvious ridge, Launch anywhere suitable along the ridge.

The original approach from Pooley Bridge (Roe Head) has caused problems with the local community. If you wish to use this approach and in the unlikely event you find somewhere to park, navigate to the Cockpit and follow directions as above.

XC potential

Massive! Easy ground down wind leads to the M6 and then Tailbridge or the Howgills. Cross the Dales via Swaledale or Wensleydale to the Vale of York and then classic gliding terrain to the Humber and the British Record! Easy airspace until the Vale of York.

Permission to use site

None yet, but it is common land with many users; walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders with lots of potential for conflict. Please be considerate.

Briefing

Hazards

The hazards are obvious, there are no hidden traps.

Take Off

Sensible selection of a launch site eliminates any rotor issues.

Sea breeze is interesting. It can approach from either the NW or the SW. The SW SB makes launching difficult and potentially dangerous. The SW sea breeze can be observed as it approaches along the Lake which gives time to take appropriate action. The NW SB tends to reinforce the prevailing NW breeze which can be good ... or bad. If it feels too strong it is worth waiting to see if it settles. Occasionally both SBs arrive and meet in front of the launch forming an impressive convergence cloud.

Landing Areas

Apart from the restrictions mentioned above there are no major concerns with landing. When top landing or bottom landing in the lee of the woods at Barton Park, be aware of the possibility of rotor.

One major advantage of parking on the Helton Rd is that it is possible to fly downwind to your car without overflying the pony trekking zone.

Flying

Soaring is excellent in the right conditions.

Thermals improve pm once the sun gets on the crags and scree.

XC potential

Massive! Easy ground down wind leads to the M6 and then Tailbridge or the Howgills. Cross the Dales via Swaledale or Wensleydale to the Vale of York and then classic gliding terrain to the Humber and the British Record! Easy airspace until the Vale of York.

Barton Fell Map