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Burnbank

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IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use - Permission to fly and FEE of £1 PER PILOT to to be paid at the farm at the top of Fangs Brow BEFORE going onto the site please! This link shows the yard for Fangs Brow Farm; the link should open Google Street View pointing to the right place. It's the door the Land Rover is pointing at.
A £1 flying fee is applicable to all flyers in each vehicle, i.e. four flyers equals £4; please pay BEFORE you walk up and note it is non-returnable.

- Land on the fell area, or in the field marked with an 'L' on the map below. At all costs, do not land in the field to the South East of the road access gate. Doing this is likely to result in a serious farmer conflict for the pilot and difficulties for the club (this field is owned by another farmer who strongly objects to us landing on his property).

- Close all gates unless tied or propped open.

- No dogs onto the site or fellsides.
Last Updated : Not recorded
Wind : NNW - NE    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY112213 Height (AMSL) : 1470' / 440m
Site Code : 17.058 Top to Bottom : 624' / 190m

Location

NW Lakes - W of Loweswater

Details

Guide last updated 29 April 2017

Popular with local pilots and, on the right day, worth a longish drive.
The flying here can be very good with spectacular scenery and a great place to escape the crowds.
It is one of the few northerly sites available but note that in summer it can seabreeze early from the west.
Burnbank offers various XC opportunities from short first steps to full on epic mountain flights for the experienced.

Suitable for novice CPs as long as they don't stray from the site and they respect both windy days and strongly thermic days.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

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

CA13 0SU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Grange Country House Hotel. The postcode covers a large area. The hotel is one mile north of the flying site and lies to the east of the parking area.

Getting There

The best approach is from the A5086 via Mockerkin. Alternatively, the site can be approached via the scenic route from Keswick - this follows the Whinlatter Pass and the Lorton Vale to Loweswater. Parking is on the side of the road outside the entrance gate.

Getting to takeoff

From the entrance gate follow the unsurfaced road. After the next two gates strike off straight up the fell; initially the path is indistinct but becomes obvious where it becomes steeper.
Once at the top there is a good choice of flat take offs suiting all the site wind directions

Permission to use site

Mr William Clark, Fangs Brow Farm.

Additional Safety Notes

Suitable for novice CPs as long as they don't stray from the site and they respect both windy days and strongly thermic days.

Beware of turbulence in fresh winds. The site can become increasingly turbulent the more easterly the wind and the stronger the wind.

If going XC: Before going deep into, or high over, the big mountains make sure you know what you're doing & where you are going. Otherwise fly in radio contact with a competent guide and ensure you don't lose height close downwind of summits or behind spurs thereby dropping into rotor and severe turbulence. If it's a windy day (over 10mph?) think twice before making committing moves! NOVICES BEWARE!!!

XC potential

See Paraglider notes in BRIEFING section

Paragliding

One of the few northerly sites available this is a favourite with local pilots and worth the drive on the right day.

This site has excellent top and bottom landings, flying here can be very good with spectacular scenery and a great place to escape the crowds. In summer it can seabreeze early to a westerly and put you on the ground! The final section of the walk up is a short but steep haul.

XC POTENTIAL
Burnbank offers various excellent XC opportunities from first short steps to full on epic mountain flights for the experienced.
A flight 1km SE to Carling Knott and back is easy. Flights towards the Kirkstile Pub and then onto Melbreak give plenty of landing options and we have permission to land in the fields you will fly over.
Further afield; due south the terrain is remote and care should be exercised, the potential for a long walk out is quite high! The ridge from Red Pike to Herdus works well and a flight over High Stile and the Buttermere fells or a crossing over Enerdale allows even greater distance options.

Hang Gliding

Hang glider pilots may seek permission to drive to the foot of the hill (track becomes impassable in the wet), unload and then drive back to the road to park.

Photos

Click on the photo for a full size image.

A general view of Burnbank Fell. The pimples at the top of the steep slope are paragliders at takeoff. The track to takeoff goes to the left immediately in front of the camera and then curves round to the right and follows the wall up the fell
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Take off is where the path starts to level off near the top of the hill. There is a marked level shelf as seen in the photo - watch out for no wind in the hollow
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The photo shows where not to land! In the centre of the picture is the parking area by the road with the path leading up onto the fellside coming diagonally right towards the camera. The correct landing area is above the first gate on the fell, i.e. the rectangular grassy area to the left of the wall in the middle right at the foot of the photo.
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Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

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

  The Kirkstile Inn
Grid Reference : NY141209
Distance from Site : 3.0 miles
Notes : Good range of local real ales and excellent food.
  Click here to go to the web site
  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.

Paragliding
FAI Triangle  
Distance : 35.2km
Date : 16/09/2015
Pilot : Steve Etherington
Notes : An amazing flight circumnavigating the lakes of Loweswater, Crummock, Buttermere and a bit beyond.
IGC File : Right click to download
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 39.6km
Date : 28/04/1996
Pilot : Ian Hall/Pete Brown
Hang Gliding

No hang gliding records available for this site

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 Burnbank on a nice day, parking is on the left.

Burnbank Map

Legend

Burnbank Map