NE - E
|Status Message :||This is a sensitive site and locals are still wary of visitors in this area due to Covid
Please be mindful of this and avoid any confrontations
Please report any issues to the Sites Officer
|IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use||Saturdays only until 1st July. ABSOLUTELY NO scratching on the cliffs. Pilots may be named and shamed!
Please be sensitive to local concerns and back down if any confrontation might ensue. People along this valley have been particularly frightened by current pandemic.
THIS SITE IS RESTRICTED TO SATURDAY ONLY FLYING FOR THE PERIOD 1st APRIL to 1st JULY inclusive. (EXCEPT SATURDAY 16TH MAY 2020 WHEN IT IS CLOSED)
Any competitions held here have to be agreed by the Lake District Park Authority (LDPA) in advance. If perigrines are nesting on the crags then keep well clear of this area. THE BREEDING SEASON FOR PERIGRINES LASTS FROM APRIL TO END OF JUNE. DO NOT 'SCRATCH' ON THE CLIFFS DURING THESE MONTHS - the RSPB WILL stop us flying this site if we cause distress to any nesting birds! No dogs allowed beyond the area where the cars are parked. IF FLYING TOWARDS SOUTHER FELL DO NOT LAND IN FIELDS NORTH OF AND AROUND MUNGRISDALE AS THIS WILL POTENTIALLY LOSE US THIS SITE, AN EXCLUSION ZONE EXISTS AROUND UNDER CRAG FARM DO NOT FLY IN THIS AREA(500M RADIUS AND 1000FT @ NY 363308). Contact North Sites Officer for more information (07830281986).
|Last Updated :||28/08/2020 at 11:15 by Rick Livingstone|
|Last Reviewed :||02/07/2020 by CL|
|Wind :||NE - E|
|Nil Wind :||Yes|
|Grid Ref :||NY348338||Height (AMSL) :||1804' / 550m|
|Site Code :||17.004||Top to Bottom :||1017' / 310m|
NE Lakes - E of Blencathra
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.
Chris Little : 07966153668
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
CA7 8JT - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:
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.
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.
Permission to use site
Cumbria Soaring Club (Northern Sites Officer)
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)
Steep take off with rocks and boulders which increase with height, so be selective in choosing where to launch
Watch out for cars encroaching on the landing field
The site can be susceptible to wave as with all the East facing sites in this region
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.
Click on the photo for a full size image.
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|
|Max Height :||5500ft|
|Pilot :||David Ashcroft|
|Notes :||Gained cloud-base (~5000’) above Carrock.
Maintained cloudbase with thermals off
Blencathra and Walla, and then no lift all the way to Crinkle Crags. Then on to Hardknott Pass via the Duddon Valley. Regained cloudbase over Broughton and then all the way to Barrow-in-Furness.
Landing: Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness
|Open Distance XC|
|Max Height :||8200ft|
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 - Landing|
|Google Earth - Take Off|
|Google Street View - Parking||Obviously not an easterly when the picture was taken. Park in the fork. Pan to the left to see the landing area|
Carrock Fell Map