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Cumbria Soaring Club

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NE - E
+ Nil Wind

Carrock Fell

Key Facts

Status : Red
Status Message :
SPECIFIC SATURDAYS ONLY FROM 1st APRIL to 1st JULY. Next day open 24th Apr.
See restrictions, it is vital pilots comply fully.

During the Covid19 period:
- Ensure you follow any current BHPA/Government guidelines (including refraining from flying if requested).
- Please be sensitive to local concerns: park with consideration, respect requests of locals and avoid confrontation.
- Fly with greater safety margins than normal.
- If you do get involved in any dispute please inform the Site Officer as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
Nesting (1st APRIL to 1st JULY)
The RSPB WILL stop us flying this site if we cause distress to any nesting birds and may prosecute! Culprits may be named and shamed!
- SATURDAY ONLY FLYING for the period 1st APRIL to 1st JULY.
- Site CLOSED ENTIRELY on Sat 17th APRIL 2021 and Sat 15th MAY 2021 (actual dates change annually).
- There will also be a FLIGHT EXCLUSION ZONE up to 2500 ft ASL over the east side of CARROCK FELL during this period (please understand the site map BEFORE flying).
- ABSOLUTELY NO SCRATCHING (close proximity flying) on ANY of the fell's crags during this period.

If flying toward SOUTHER:
- There is an exclusion zone around UNDERCRAG FARM @ NY 363308 (500M RADIUS up to 1500ft ASL). See site map for extent and details.

Competitions
- Any competitions held here have to be agreed by the Lake District Park Authority (LDPA) in advance.

Contact North Sites Officer if in any doubt about any of above (07761187016).

Last Updated : 11/04/2021 at 19:08 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : NE - E Nil Wind : Y
Grid Ref : NY348338 Height (AMSL) : 1804' / 550m
Site Code : 17.004 Top to Bottom : 1017' / 310m

Location

NE Lakes - E of Blencathra

Details

A large site that is renowned for its light winds when everywhere else is blown out. The site works really well and, excluding top landing, is a good introduction to the big sites of the Lake District. The carry up is not popular but in reasonable conditions only a few hundred feet are necessary. PLEASE READ RESTRICTIONS ON BRIEFING PAGE BEFORE FLYING.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

CA7 8JT

High House (on 1:25,000 map). Use this postcode with care as it will almost certainly take you the wrong way. The postcode centre is 3/4 mile 030 degs from car parking for Carrock.

Getting There

Take the main A66(T) Keswick to Penrith road. If travelling from Keswick, take the left turn onto the Mungrisedale road. If travelling from Penrith, take the right turn onto the Mungrisedale Road having passed the turning onto the A5091 to Dockray. Follow the minor road through the small hamlets of Mungrisedale and Mosedale (please drive slowly due to animals and children on the roads). Two kilometres beyond Mosedale the road forks at a triangular patch of land. The parking area is off the left hand side of the road at this fork. Please be considerate of others and park fairly close together.

Getting to takeoff

From the parking area, walk straight ahead to the fell crossing an area of boggy ground to reach the foot of the fell. There are a few sheep tracks that can be followed as you pick your way across the, often steep, broken ground.

XC potential

From this site the coast at Barrow has been reached, both by paraglider and hang-glider, as well as routes towards Cockermouth to the west. The site has produced conditions for large triangles over the flat land in front of the site.

Permission to use site

Cumbria Soaring Club (Northern Sites Officer)

Briefing

Hazards

Winds at the site can be appreciably stronger over the top; keep well forward if in doubt

Beware of rocks when slope landing

The site can become turbulent if the wind goes off to the south of east. If getting blown back then track off to the north. Don't get dragged! (Rocks)

Take Off

Steep take off with rocks and boulders which increase with height, so be selective in choosing where to launch

Landing Areas

Watch out for cars encroaching on the landing field

Flying

The site can be susceptible to wave as with all the East facing sites in this region

XC potential

From this site the coast at Barrow has been reached, both by paraglider and hang-glider, as well as routes towards Cockermouth to the west. The site has produced conditions for large triangles over the flat land in front of the site.

Carrock Fell Map