W - NW

Haig Pit

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Experience at top landing required
(There are very limited opportunities for slope landing and virtually no bottom landing except boulders and the sea!)
Last Updated : Not recorded
Wind : W - NW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NX965177 Height (AMSL) : 220' / 67m
Site Code : none Top to Bottom : 220' / 67m


W Lakes - Whitehaven


(Guide last updated 25 Apr 17)

A large site giving plenty of room for all on a good day.

Before you take off, you need to be confident you can top land because YOU WILL NOT LIKE the alternatives!

Not a friendly site, unsuitable for unsupervised novice CPs.

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

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

CA28 9BG - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Haig Colliery Mining Museum. This is shown on both 1:25000 and 1:50000 maps as the museum just to the south of the parking area.

Getting There

Directions are quite difficult to give, even with a map:

You need to get to the Haig Mining Museum. There is a good map here http://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/haig-colliery-mining-museum/

From the A595 at the south edge of Whitehaven take the road for St Bees and Sandwith, then follow signs for Kells and the Mining Museum. Parking & take off are next to the Haig Mining Museum which is sign-posted.
From the west side of Whitehaven town centre, drive up Rosemary Lane (on the left of the only multi-storey car park in town). This leads onto High Road, take the third right, Solway Road, immediately right, and immediately right again onto the Mining Museum Car Park next to the rugby field. Parking & take off are next to the Haig Mining Museum which is sign-posted.

A print out of the Whitehaven street map from the site guide OS or Google maps may be useful. If you decide not to drive right to the site then park at the end of the road on the southern side of the harbour and carry your gear the short walk up the path south (not the fenced off coastal path).

Getting to takeoff

Driveable or follow the description given.

Permission to use site

No need to ask.

Additional Safety Notes

Not a friendly site and unsuitable for unsupervised novice CPs.
When top landing, keep forwards towards the lip to avoid possible rotor, or land well back.
There is a small terrace mid cliff in front of take off which can be slope landed; otherwise, if you get low, you are in the hands of Lady Luck!
If going from the south bowl out along the sandstone cliffs to the St Bees lighthouse, constantly monitor your height and top land while it's still an option! THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO LANDING AT ALL below the cliff top here.
Note that there are several turbulence inducing lumps on the Haig cliffs and, if the wind is off the hill, the turbulence they cause is exacerbated. Plus the further off the hill the wind is the more it tends to run parallel with the cliff, resulting in poor lift....
BE WARNED, the Haig tops the list for incidents at our coastal sites... it takes no prisoners and pilots have many scary tales!

XC potential

See Paragliding section on briefing page.


Top landable for PGs and a lower option in front of take-off, if you haven't the height. Other than this, there are a lot of large boulders and water.

To the South:
It is not difficult to fly 3.2 km south to a large bowl.
Going further it is a good idea only fly out to the lighthouse if you have just witnessed somebody returning successfully and you are an experienced pilot. If you attempt this, constantly monitor your height - top land while it's still an option, and beware turbulence behind the cliff spurs! St Bees is possible for the brave. There is a possible bottom landing halfway to St Bees at Fleswick Bay; but even then you are probably going to be in big trouble, especially so if the tide is in!
To the North:
Flights across the harbour onto the cliffs at Bransty have been achieved, then to Parton, Lowca and on to Harrington. It needs a buoyant air day, lots of height (and make sure you're wearing your brave pants!)

Hang Gliding

Only top landable for HGs
XC potential: as Paragliding above.


Click on the photo for a full size image.

A general view of the Haig Pit site. As can be seen, the opportunities for bottom landing are extremely limited. Photo by Peter 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.

Turn Point Ridge Run  
Distance : 29.6km
Date : 17/12/2006
Pilot : Martin Sandwith
Notes : An out and return to St Bees main cliff take off point and probably the first crossing of Whithaven Harbour with a Paraglider. Gordie Oliver points out that the crossing is not recommended as it's "well dodgy".
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 The turn left into Solway Road. You need to go straight through the entrance in front. You can see the rugby pitch noted in the access instructions

Haig Pit Map


Haig Pit  Map