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Souther Fell

Key Facts

Status : Amber
Status Message : site is open subject to these rules:
1. Max 10 in the air at any time - the new farmer will be checking this and the site will have to close if the numbers limit is exceeded
2. Mandatory use of radio on CSC frequency 143.700. This will enable communication between pilots flying and those on the ground waiting - please share airtime around.
3. Its OK to use bottom landing field. It might have some sheep/lambs. Farmer has requested that we please don't all land at once
4. There are sometimes cows in the fields next to the landing field -If so, please avoid overflying as you set up your landing approach (bearing in mind who they probably belong to...)

During the Covid19 period:
- Please be sensitive to local concerns: park with consideration, ensure you follow BHPA/government guidelines, 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 This site is EXTREMELY SENSITIVE!
USE FIELD L2 ONLY OR OTHER OPTION IS TO SIDE OR TOP LAND ON THE FELL
LOW BECKSIDE FARM WILL, where possible, provide an alternative field to L2 if it has stock in it. - L2 and other bottom landings unavailable at present due to stock still being in fields
IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY TO OBTAIN THE CSC WINDSOCK FROM LOW BECKSIDE FARM BEFORE FLYING Only call here if there is stock in the landing field (see landing notes for details)
It is imperative that visiting pilots DO NOT FLY this site without first contacting the North Sites Officer. It has taken a lot of work to get this site back - it was very nearly lost for good. Please restrict numbers (10 at any one time as an ABSOLUTE maximum).
Teaching groups please always give priority to qualified pilots due to numbers restriction.
DO NOT LAND in any areas heading towards Carrock Fell - THIS WILL POTENTIALLY LOSE US THIS SITE,
AN EXCLUSION ZONE EXISTS AROUND UNDERCRAG FARM DO NOT FLY IN THIS AREA (500M RADIUS AND 1000FT @ NY 363308).
Contact North Sites Officer for more information (07966 153668).

Old (near fellside) landing Field marked L1 is now Closed (effective from December 2015) after a serious landslide the farmer has re fenced the field. Please do not use this field as, to get back to the road, you need to climb over the farmer's fences, which is obviously NOT Acceptable. If John is not there and there is no stock in field L2 on the map, it is OK to put our windsock into this field. If L2 cannot be used due to stock, and Low BECKSIDETHE cannot provide an alternative, use fellside.
Last Updated : 09/12/2020 at 22:22 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : SE - ESE Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : NY355291 Height (AMSL) : 1700' / 519m
Site Code : 17.015 Top to Bottom : 950' / 290m

Location

NE Lakes - SE of Blencathra

Details

An excellent site, renowned, like its neighbour Carrock, for light winds. Also thermals well. Wave and convergence are occasionally found at the south end. It is also possible to launch from the south end to fly Blencathra in SSE winds.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

CA11 0XR

Mungrisdale. The postcode centre is where the road coming north from the A66 suddenly turns to the west before you turn left for the Mill Inn and site parking

Getting There

Turn off the A66(T)Penrith to Keswick main road following signs to Mungrisedale. Follow minor road to Mungrisedale, then double back to follow a tarmac road (past a good pub) through a gate. Various, but limited, parking places in laybys along this road.Do not block any farm or field access points.

Although it looks a bit of a drag to walk back from Landing field (L2) to cars, it's really not far as there is a footpath and bridge over the river just north of Low Beckside Farm, bringing you out near the first gate.

Getting to takeoff

A path leads diagonally across the face of the slope from NE to SW.

XC potential

Good thermal producer, and quite easy to get away, but the sea is only about 35 km downwind. Possible to cross to Carrock Fell if wind is off to the East, or onto Blencathra if off to South.

Permission to use site

For a bottom landing field; Low Beckside Farm, Mungrisedale (only necessary if there is stock in the field)

Briefing

Hazards

Be wary of penetration problems in strong winds, being blown back could be worrying in the extreme!

Power lines along the eastern end of the landing field.

Being blown back at Souther would be very dangerous. If you are concerned about windstrength, it is not much hardship to leave your kit at normal take-off and walk to the top to to check.

There is a farmer nearby who is not keen on flying activity. If confronted please remain polite and walk away.

To avoid aggravating the situation, some local have started to park before the village of Mungrisedale and walk up from there. (this is also easier for access from the landing field)

Take Off

Landing Areas

Land in the official field (permission from Low Beckside Farm is necessary only if there is stock in the field) Ask at the farm

THIS SITE IS NO LONGER IN THE WINDSOCK SCHEME

Flying

Easy top landing and slope landing, if bracken areas are avoided.

XC potential

Good thermal producer, and quite easy to get away, but the sea is only about 35 km downwind. Possible to cross to Carrock Fell if wind is off to the East, or onto Blencathra if off to South.

Souther Fell Map