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Farleton Knott

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Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use NO TRAINING. A maximum of two (HG) cars allowed to travel to the top of hill. Park out of sight as this area is an SSSI . Close all gates and do not block the track.No dogs onto the site or fellsides. ( The "driveable" track has not seen much use in recent years and it is likely that it is longer possible to top drive this site).
Last Updated : Not recorded
Wind : WSW - NW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : SD538804 Height (AMSL) : 820' / 250m
Site Code : 17.013 Top to Bottom : 600' / 183m

Location

South of Kendal - M6 J36

Details

A popular site with all grades of pilot with easy top landing areas and a relatively large bottom landing area. The site has an extensive west face and a shorter but often thermic NNW face. The CSC "Windsock" system operates at this site; the windsock being held at Farleton House Farm.


Recent activity with pilots flying speed wings, have raised concerns about stock disturbance and upsetting our agreement with the farmer of the bottom landing field. I would like to remind all that it is good practice to pay a courtesy visit particularly if it is known that it is unlikely to make the agreed landing field. We rely heavily on the goodwill of farmers and it would be a real pity if the inaction of a few spoil it for the rest.

Site Officer

Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533

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

LA6 1PB - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Limefield Cottages. These cottages are on the road through Farleton village to the east of the A6070. The postcode centre is about 500m north of the normal parking area (which is on the main road)

Getting There

From the A6070 follow a minor road through Farleton village to a narrow road bearing right. This leads to a gate onto the open fell. It is possible to park here. Brave HG pilots can drive a track from here to the top of the hill if it is dry. Several have not made it and have had to be rescued!

Getting to takeoff

Paraglider pilots have to walk in. This can be via the track for 230m then up the hillside bearing slightly right. Several footpaths exist. A footpath also runs from Farleton. DO NOT ascend the front scree covered face of the hill as erosion is a local concern

Permission to use site

Dallam Tower Estates for access to the hill top. Bottom landing field: Farleton House Farm, Farleton. Please obtain the CSC windsock for the bottom landing field from here. (CHECK which field is to be designated as a landing field - during MAY/JULY the 'normal' landing field is out of bounds due to silage cutting).

Additional Safety Notes

NOTAM advised midweek. Occasional light aircraft and military jets follow the M6 using the RH rule. Beware of compression and be vigilant for any increase in wind speed that may make penetrating on a PG difficult. Public telephone in Farleton village.

XC potential

Good, unless the sea breeze sets in which it does regularly. This often spoils, what would otherwise be, a good day.

Paragliding

No real vices but take care at take off and during top landings due to compression. The wind can sometimes become quite fresh over a short period of time.

Hang Gliding

As for paragliding. No known vices. Easy top landing when flying the west face, however a little more thought is required when flying the NNW face as space is limited and the slope is not as steep.

Videos

An all round video of the take off at Farleton Knott can be found on the Vimeo web site

Photos

Click on the photo for a full size image.

Looking up at Farleton Knott from the west, probably taken from the western side of the canal. The motorway is immediately behind. Photo by Simon Raven
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A glorious evening's flying on Farleton Knott. Looking north with take off in the middle right of the picture; one of the few green bits. Photo by Simon Raven.
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A view of the north end of the hill. Photo by Dave Horne
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A view of the "normal" landing field from a northern approach. The field is the one with the trees in the lower right hand corner. The field is big but note the motorway, canal and A road on the boundaries
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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

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.

Paragliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 42.6km
Date : 11/03/2010
Pilot : Mike Cavanagh
Notes : Landed Longridge 58.2km via 3 turnpoints. Click here for more details
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 78.0km
Max Height : 4600ft
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 - Car Park 2
Google Earth Google Earth - Landing
Google Earth Google Earth - Landing 2
Google Earth Google Earth - Take Off

Farleton Knott Map

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Farleton Knott Map