E - SE
Black Combe (East)
|IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use||Please ask first. No training. DO NOT fly south of the deep gully below Black Crags unless on approach to L3. No dogs allowed onto the site or fellsides.|
|Last Updated :||Not recorded|
|Wind :||E - SE|
|Nil Wind :||No|
|Grid Ref :||SD149850||Height (AMSL) :||600' - 1900' / 185m - 580m|
|Site Code :||17.055||Top to Bottom :||480' - 1780' / 145m - 543m|
SW Lakes - nr Millom
Given suitable light to moderate conditions this is a superb place to fly. This side of the "Combe" only gets occasionally flown and its potential is still not fully explored. It is a mega site!
Local Sites Contact - Jaysen Metcalfe 07811 120614
Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
LA18 5LU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:
Hallbeck house just to the west of parking on the A595
The area is off to the north of the main A595(T) halfway between Whicham and the A5093 junction to Millom. Approach from a lay-by on the left of the road (if heading west) near the entrance to Beckside farm.
Getting to takeoff
If permission has been granted (see below) then follow the approach marked on the site map, passing to the left of a small wood to the open fell. Aim for and follow a track that runs diagonally across the hillside. An alternative is to walk to just beyond Whicham Mill and
then up onto the hillside before heading back south.
In 2009, the bracken was extensive so the lower take off position is probably not usable.
Permission to use site
Please go through the formality of asking permission first and checking that a landing field is available. Hallbeck House; the farmer farms at Beck Side farm. If flying to the north around White Combe then ask at Foreslack. Field L3 can be used for bottom landing if preferred; check first at Parsonage Farm - usually a field in the valley out from take off will be suggested.
Additional Safety Notes
There can be rotor along the summit above the crags. The site is very prone to sea breeze in summer whereby the wind shifts rapidly to the south. Top landing areas marked on the Site Map are untried at time of writing. Check out the landing fields; some of them slope slightly.
Beware of the wind gradient and possible problems with pushing forward over the upper slopes. See HG information.
Quite a stiff carry up! There are no known vices but the site is little flown. The area is occasionally used by gliders aero-towed across from Walney. A number of top landing areas are available at different heights from the summit down.
The site lies at the very western edge of the Lake District area and so has the potential to produce tremendous cross country distances. However, XC potential in an easterly is not brilliant as there is airspace downwind at both Eskmeals and at Sellafield. The Irish Sea might come into the equation as well. To go XC it might help to try to head north as much as possible.
No photos available for this site. Good quality photos of CSC sites always required.
Local Information - Pubs/Food etc
Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only! You may find details of other facilities here
No pub details are available for this site. Send your recommendations to the webmaster.
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|
|Pilot :||Keith Paterson|
|Notes :||A great flight through the Western Lakes. From Black Combe and then up the Duddon Valley. Over Harter Fell and into upper Eskdale. Over the eastern side of Scafell and Great End and into Borrowdale. Down the Maiden Moor ridge. A diversion to Blencathra and then back to the finish north west of Bassenthwaite.|
|IGC File :||Right click to download|
|Open Distance XC|
|Max Height :||3100ft|
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.
|Google Earth - Car Park|
|Google Earth - Take Off||Take off for a flight on 28 June 2009|
|Google Street View - Parking||Park on the left and then walk up the track on the right of the road. Don't block the farmyard entrance.|
Black Combe (East) Map