NE - E
+ Nil Wind

Carrock Fell

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
If flying toward SOUTHER:
- There is a permanent exclusion zone around UNDERCRAG FARM @ NY 363308 (500M RADIUS up to 1500ft ASL). See site map for extent and details.

The site will be closed most days from 01 April until 01 July. During this period all details and any 'flying allowed' dates will be published in the Status Section above, IT IS VITAL PILOTS COMPLY FULLY.

- Any competitions held here have to be agreed by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) in advance.

Contact North Sites Officer if in any doubt about any of above (07761187016).

Last Updated : 12/07/2022 at 12:32 by Rick Livingstone
Last Reviewed : 01/04/2022 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.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

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.

Getting There

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

Caldbeck Commoners Association.


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)

Take Off

Steep take off with rocks and boulders which increase with height, so be selective in choosing where to launch

Landing Areas

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

XC potential

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.

PHOTO 1. Nesting exclusion zone
PHOTO 2. A view looking north east taking in both take-off and landing areas. Photo by John Hamlett
PHOTO 3. A view of the take off area looking south. The peregrine nesting area are the crags on the left of the picture. Photo by John Hamlett.
PHOTO 4. The landing area at Carrock is the area before the cars on this side of the road. Photo by Pete Rycroft.
PHOTO 5. The parking area looking north. Try to park on the right, eastern side rather than the western side. Photo by Nick Luck


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  
Distance : 67.0km
Max Height : 5500ft
Date : 05/05/2002
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
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 43.4km
Max Height : 8200ft
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
Google Earth Google Earth - Landing
Google Earth Google Earth - Take Off
Street View 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


Carrock Fell Map