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SSE - SW
+ Nil Wind

Jenkin Hill

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Status : Amber
Status Message : No negotiated landing fields at the bottom of Latrigg.

The normal landing field at the top of Gale Road (Latrigg top car park) is ok to use, but be wary of the wind direction not being the same as on the hill you have just flown.

This is the field to the LEFT of the path to Jenkin as you leave the car park.
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use There are extensive restrictions for use. Ensure that the correct landing field is used - particularly during lambing time. If in doubt contact the farmer and/or the Northern Sites Officer (01768 780297). A maximum of 20 pilots at any one time. The site may be closed between 1st July and mid August. The site use must be "rested" after two consecutive days of flying. No dogs. If in doubt then contact the Northern Sites Officer before visiting the site. No dogs onto the site or fellsides.
Last Updated : Not recorded
Wind : SSE - SW    
Nil Wind : Yes    
Grid Ref : NY279264 Height (AMSL) : 2160' / 659m
Site Code : 17.072 Top to Bottom : 1165' / 355m

Location

N Lakes - Skiddaw

Details

A brilliant site, big and generally smooth, giving spectacular flying over a large area of mountains and lakes. Best in light winds. PG take off should be above the heather line on the grass. No scratching of the slope below the heather line. Excellent top landing and bottom landing at L1. Landing in the emergency fields at the foot of the hill needs thought. The take-off area of Skiddaw is at 2800' / 854m asl and gives a top to bottom height of 2460' / 750m if landing at the Latrigg landing area.
THE FIELDS AT THE BOTTOM OF LATRIGG ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR LANDINGS!

Site Officer

Chris Little : 07966153668

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

CA12 4PH - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Underscar Manor (Underscar hotel on map). The postcode centre is on the access road to the car park about 1km to the west.

Getting There

Approach via a minor road which branches off from the large roundabout at the junction of the A66(T) and the A591 north of Keswick. After 800m a very sharp right turn winds up to the Latrigg "Monument" car park. Please park as tight as possible as this is a relatively small but very popular car parking area. Do not park on the fell side of the gate at the end of the car park. This is reserved for flying schools. You can drive through to drop gear off but do not leave your car here.

Getting to takeoff

Take the small gate at the south west end of the Monument car park area and head north following the track past the Monument and onto the slopes of Jenkin Hill.

Permission to use site

Mirehouse, Applethwaite, and Ormathwaite Hall. Contact Northern Sites Officer prior to flying for an update on T.O. or landing restrictions. (01768 780297)

Additional Safety Notes

Be aware of any wind gradient and keep well forward in strong conditions. Can be affected quite quickly by a sea breeze that then makes conditions very rough. Bottom landing in any fields on or near to Latrigg is NOT permitted.

Paragliding

PG pilots must make the longer carry up to near the summit slopes of Jenkin Hill. Beware of a light wind at take off then being difficult to penetrate at 3000' / 915m. Landings must not be made all over the hillside or ground skimming indulged in (see above).

Hang Gliding

Can be quite a carry but well worth it. The HG take-off is just beyond the fell gate (1850' / 564m asl). An easy site to fly.

XC potential

Excellent potential both downwind and, in the right conditions, for achieving large triangle flights. Avoid the west side of Dodd Fell from April to end of August as this is a well known Osprey nesting area.

Photos

Click on the photo for a full size image.

An aerial view of Jenkin Fell with Skiddaw behind looking NW. The take off area is in the centre right of the photo, above the bracken line and bounded by the main track up Skiddaw. Photo reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner, Andrew McMahon. More pictures can be found on his web site.
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Jenkin Hill from the path up Skiddaw. The path up is steep and can be clearly seen. PG take off is generally anywhere above the heather band to the left of the track.
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Looking down to the landing area from the gate on the fellside. The bracken area closer to the car park slopes and should be avoided.
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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
FAI Triangle  
Distance : 26.7km
Date : 04/09/2011
Pilot : Chris Little
Notes :
IGC File : Right click to download
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 90.0km
Date : 01/05/1994
Pilot : Nigel Page
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 91.7km
Max Height : 5400ft
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 An unusual picture of the car park at the foot of Jenkin Hill - it's normally much more busy than this. Pan to the left for a good view of the hill.

Jenkin Hill Map

Legend

Jenkin Hill Map