+ Nil Wind

Great Langdale

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Landing anywhere you like in the valley is NOT an option. Some of the farmers will be very unhappy if you land in their fields. Without a negotiated landing field there is to be NO flying. We do have very good landing options - please take the 10 mins to ask the relevant (and very friendly) farmers / landowners.

While there is no specific restrictions due to lambing it is paramount to call in at Millbeck farm to agree which fields are to be used for landing (At the moment the Club Wind sock is once again missing April 2016) - So please mark the agreed field with your on wind sock and inform all flyers of the correct field. I will look to get yet another Club windsock ASAP.
Last Updated : 30/07/2017 at 08:55 by Ian Henderson
Wind : SSE - SW    
Nil Wind : Yes    
Grid Ref : NY285073 Height (AMSL) : 1706' / 520m
Site Code : none Top to Bottom : 1410' / 430m


Central Lakes - W of Ambleside


A rugged mountain site overlooking the beautiful Langdale valley set amongst the peaks of the Langdale Pikes.

Site Officer

Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533

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

LA22 9JX - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, opposite car park

Getting There

From Ambleside, take the A593 to Skelwith Bridge. Turn right onto the B5343 through Chapel Stile and on to Langdale.

Getting to takeoff

From the parking areas in the Langdale Valley near to the New Hotel (NY 296065), make for Thorn Crag via the Stickle Ghyll footpath or the path running between Pike Howe and Dungeon Ghyll. Either route is steep and sustained. At Thorn Crag a decision can be made, according to the wind direction and strength, to take off here, in front of Stickle Tarn or to the left of Gimmer Crag.

Permission to use site

Anyone flying from the summits around the head of Great Langdale should contact Middle Fell Farm, next to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (NY 285061) AND/OR call at Millbeck (NY 296066)behind the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. They will generously advise on a suitable landing field specific to that farm.

Additional Safety Notes

This is a big site set amongst some of the bigger hills of the Lake District. This site is not for low airtime pilots. Be careful of a sea breeze that can set in and bring with it a rapid change in wind direction and turbulence. Some of the available landing fields have difficult to see telephone / power lines across them. Take extreme care on any landing approach.


This is a big site and if there is any appreciable wind in the valley then it is more than likely that it will be blown out at take off. Best in very light or nil wind conditions when the (large) thermals can form over the vast areas of scree and fellside. If tracking along the valley to the east then be aware of the restrictions on landing fields in the valley. If in doubt land well up on the fell side and walk down.

Hang Gliding

An almost impossible carry up.

XC potential

Excellent potential but the terrain is wild and demanding. There is the potential for a very long walk out if you have to land out.


Click on the photo for a full size image.

Looking down from a paraglider to the eastern end of the Great Langdale take off area. Stickle Tarn is in the centre of the picture with Pavey Ark behind. The eastern flank of Harrison Stickle is in shadow. Stickle Ghyll and the main trade route up to the tarn are in the front of the picture. Picture by Pete Rycroft.
Preparing for take off. Taken just below Stickle Tarn to the west of Stickle Ghyll. Picture by Pete Rycroft.
Looking down on the landing fields. A glider can be seen in the eastern half of the landing field which is divided by a track to the farm at the top of the picture. A power line traverses the field which can be easily avoided; however, the landing field should be inspected before flying. Picture by Pete Rycroft.


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.

Declared FAI Triangle  
Distance : 50.5km
Date : 30/07/2011
Pilot : Mike Cavanagh
Notes :
IGC File : Right click to download
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 56.2km
Date : 12/04/2009
Pilot : Burkitt Rudd
Notes : This flight was a continuation of the FAI triangle flight which was completed earlier on the same day, landed at Renwick north of Penrith
IGC File : Right click to download
Turnpoint Flight  
Distance : 57.8km
Date : 12/06/2009
Pilot : Ben Keayes
Notes : Flight to Carlisle and landing at Cumwinton
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
Google Earth Google Earth - Car Park 2
Street View Google Street View - Parking A busy spring day in Langdale. Parking on the right isn't usual. You can park on the left in the car park or in another car park a bit further on, on the right. both car parks aren't cheap and fill up quickly. Don't park on the road, you will get a ticket

Great Langdale Map


Great Langdale Map