Sandbeds/West Fell

Status : Red
Status Message :


During the Covid19 period:
- Please be sensitive to local concerns: park with consideration, ensure you follow BHPA/government guidelines, respect requests of locals and avoid confrontation.
- Fly with greater safety margins than normal.
- If you do get involved in any dispute please inform the Site Officer as soon as possible.

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.

The site is closed for hefting each year from 1st May till 1st July
Last Updated : 04/02/2021 at 23:19 by Rick Livingstone
Last Reviewed : 02/07/2020 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 AVOID DISTURBING LIVESTOCK, farmers have become upset with our activities leading to sheep being pushed off the Fell sides.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

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.

Getting There

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.

Take Off

Landing Areas

Some rocks !


Easy slope to fly with large top and bottom landing areas

XC potential

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  
Distance : 70.7km
Max Height : 6308ft
Date : 10/05/2005
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
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
Street View Google Street View - Parking The parking area at West Fell

Sandbeds/West Fell Map


Sandbeds/West Fell Map