Status : OK
PRIOR TO ACCESSING THE SITE, PILOTS MUST REQUEST PERMISSION TO FLY and PAY £1 per pilot to Mr McTear at Bewaldeth Farm (see photos and Map Ref: NY210347) NO PERMISSION - NO FLYING. See photo of Farm. The site entrance gate may have a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear.

Note that this site is our only one completely within one field and it has multiple stakeholders; apart from Mr McTear (and his farm animals) there are DEFRA, Natural England and the RSPB. Hence access must be carefully managed if the CSC are to retain use of the site.

Avoid the NW end of the site during the nesting season and if model aircraft flyers are using it.

TRAINING: Note that this is an essential site for training and schools using the site have priority. While there may be scope for other pilots to fly, Mr McTear may limit numbers and qualified pilots may be denied permission even though training is taking place. Please graciously respect the landowner's wishes.

BINSEY: This is the large hill SE of the take off on Whittas Park. It is an active grouse moor with a gamekeeper and owners who actively oppose wildlife disturbance...... Please DO NOT LAND OR TAKE OFF FROM anywhere in the whole fenced Binsey area, at any time!

DOGS: No dogs allowed on the flying site without permission.

Last Updated : 18/07/2018 at 09:06 by Ian Henderson
Last Reviewed : 15/05/2018 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : SSW - W    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY211362 Height (AMSL) : 980' / 299m
Site Code : 17.014 Top to Bottom : 240' / 73m


N Lakes - W of Skiddaw


A small site which works better than its size would suggest. This site is very user-friendly, with a flat top and large open landing area. Hence it is a key training site in the area. Fair conditions allow the crossing to Binsey to be made so increasing the scope of the site.

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

This is Jocky Sanderson's summary of the site:
"Bewaldeth is one of the classic jewels in the CSC’s crown. It was where the first hang gliders flew and CSC pilots owe their thanks to the farmers, first George and now Leslie, for their continued kindness and support over the years and long may that continue. Many of us learnt to fly at Bewaldeth and others will continue to do so given good co-operation & communication between the pilots, clubs and schools involved in managing the site and by respecting the farmer's wishes."

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

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

CA13 9SU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Centre of Bewaldeth village, about 1 mile south of the access road to the site.

Getting There

The site is visible from the A591 just North of the village of Bewaldeth. Coming from Keswick, look for a campsite entrance on the left, just after this turn right through a gate into a field.

Note that the site entrance gate may have a combination lock, get the code from Mr McTear and CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU,

Please park on the hard standing by the old motor cross track. If this is full then please DO NOT park on the grass as the ground is very soft and muddy. If there is no space then park near the Lakes camp site, by the main road and walk up the track.

Getting to takeoff

A short walk-up of about 10 minutes. Avoid the direct route up the gap in the gorse bushes. Walk up to the right.

Permission to use site

Mr McTear at Bewaldeth Farm (Map Ref: NY210347)
Note permission to fly MUST ALWAYS BE OBTAINED and a £1 per pilot fee paid before accessing the site, see restrictions.


When the wind is off to the West, it can become turbulent, especially over the gully to the right of takeoff.

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

Take Off

Please ensure you comply with the site restrictions!

Avoid the direct route to take off up the gap in the gorse bushes, instead please walk up to the right.

Easy grassy take off area.

Landing Areas

The bottom landing is uneven with a slight downslope.

Excellent big flat top landing area behind take off.


A very useful site which can sometimes be flown when poor conditions, such as low cloudbase or stronger winds at higher altitudes, put the bigger sites out of bounds.

When schools are using the site, experienced pilots should take off to one side or the other of the main take off area, and give student pilots plenty of room.

In stronger conditions it is possible to take off at the base of the slope and fly up, but beware the gorse bushes ;-)

During the nesting season (end March - end July) avoid the NW end of the site (past the beck on the north end of the ridge) as there are nesting curlews; if possible don't land, walk or scratch there so as to give the birds plenty of space.

XC potential

The site is a good thermal producer making it easy to get away over flat ground downwind.The area has minimal restrictive airspace downwind. Possibly underestimated potential, as pilots are likely to use other sites on the best days. Hexham is the current record set by Pat Holmes in the 90's, a flight where he never got above 1,500ft AGL!


Click on the photo for a full size image.

Bewaldeth Farm. Go round to the back of the house and knock.
A good overall view of Bewaldeth from the air. Take off is marked by the gliders, landing is by the car. Photo by Dave Horne
Looking back to take off from the north, Binsey in the background. Photo by Paul Gannon


Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

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

  The Sun Inn, Bassenthwaite
Grid Reference : NY231323
Distance from Site : 3.0 miles
Notes : Gordie Oliver's local
  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.

Open Distance XC  
Distance : 74.2km
Date : 02/06/1996
Pilot : Patrick Holmes
Out and Return  
Distance : 29.0km
Date : 23/04/2008
Pilot : Steve Etherington
Notes : TO 16.45

Flew to Jenkin Hill and back

Glider Niviuk Icepeak XP
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 35.4km
Max Height : 4100ft
Date : Unknown
Pilot : Unknown

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 Up the track on the right

Bewaldeth Map


Bewaldeth Map