NNE - ENE
|Status Message :||West Fell and Sandbeds are closed from 1st May to 1st July. This is to allow the sheep/lambs to get re-established on the fellside - any disturbance pushes them back down to the bottom whence the farmer has to herd them back up to the fell.|
|IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use||Strict adherence to use of vehicles rules. No vehicles to be driven to the foot of West Fell (an alternative take off in a north easterly). Walk up from 'miners' car park.No dogs onto the site or fellsides.|
|Last Updated :||30/03/2018 at 11:52 by Chris Little|
|Last Reviewed :||27/02/2018 by CL|
|Wind :||NNE - ENE|
|Nil Wind :||No|
|Grid Ref :||NY326364||Height (AMSL) :||1500' / 458m|
|Site Code :||17.071||Top to Bottom :||200' / 61m|
NE Lakes - NE of Blencathra
A small but useful site. It has only a short beat but with 400' / 122m ato it is possible to fly to the NNE faces of West Fell and Carrock Fell. In reasonable NE conditions all three sites are fairly easily inter-flown. PLEASE AVIOD DISTURBING LIVESTOCK, farmers have become upset with our activities leading to sheep being pushed off the Fell sides.
Chris Little : 07966153668
Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)
CA7 8JR - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:
Calebreck. This building is immediately adjacent to the parking area.
If travelling from the main A66(T) then follow the directions for getting to Carrock Fell via the Mungrisedale minor road. Continue northwards past Carrock Fell, cross a small ford and then park at the start of the track at Calebreck. Only two vehicles are allowed to park up the track and must be left just short of take off at the old mine workings (NY 332 361).
Getting to takeoff
The start of the approach track begins at Calebreck (NY 345 358). Follow the track up onto the fellside until it reaches a wider "parking" area. The take offs can be reached by contouring (and ascending a little) the open fellside.
Permission to use site
Lake District National Park Authority and the local Caldbeck and Uldale Commoners' Association. Arranged by northern sites officer
The top landing and bottom landing areas have some hidden (and some not so hidden) boulders. Exercise caution.
Some rocks !
Easy slope to fly with large top and bottom landing areas
If the site can be linked with Carrock Fell then the downwind XC potential is very good with the coast lying approx 45 km away. In the right conditions the area out in front of the site can be explored for some interesting triangles and out and returns.
Click on the photo for a full size image.
|A not very good picture taken from the access road looking up to take off on West Fell. If you have a better one, then let me have a copy.|
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|
|Max Height :||6308ft|
|Pilot :||Burkitt Rudd|
|Notes :||Take off : 12:30
Flight Duration: 3 hrs 40 mins
Landing: Walney Island
Max speed: 69.47 km/h
Mean speed: 35.3 km/h
Max alt (ASL) 1923m (6308ft )
Max vario: 13.0m/s (2558 ft/min)
Min vario: -11.0 m/s (-2165 ft/min)
Altitude gain: 1493m (4898 ft)
Glider: Gradient Bliss 28
No hang gliding records available for this site
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.
|Google Earth - Car Park|
|Google Street View - Parking||The parking area at West Fell|
Sandbeds/West Fell Map