Sandbeds/West Fell

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
- Please park at Calebreck (NY 345 358) and walk up the track to the old mine workings and then to the chosen take off area. Do not drive up any of the tracks to the mines or to any other fellside areas. The LDNPA are monitoring this and will act against offenders. Note Air Ventures (PG Training School) have a licence dispensation to take vehicles onto the fell - it doesn't mean YOU can follow suit!

- For the whole of March through to the end of July, to avoid disturbance of ground nesting birds, NO groundhandling sessions, NO competitions or organised activities/events. Please stick to tracks/paths, limit wandering about and watch where you put your feet.

- For the WHOLE of MAY & JUNE, the site will be CLOSED annually FOR HEFTING NEW SHEEP.

- PLEASE AVOID DISTURBING LIVESTOCK. Farmers are very concerned that we may push sheep off the fell. Also STAY WELL AWAY FROM, AND DO NOT OVERFLY, HORSES or PONY-TREKKERS.

- No dogs on the site or fellsides.

Last Updated : 05/07/2022 at 13:31 by Rick Livingstone
Last Reviewed : 01/05/2022 by RL
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 are very concerned that we may push sheep off the fell. Also STAY WELL AWAY FROM, AND DO NOT OVERFLY, HORSES or PONY-TREKKERS.

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 Mungrisedale. Continue northwards past Carrock Fell, keep left at the Carrock Fell Site car parking, cross a small ford soon after. Continue to the start of the track at Calebreck (NY 345 358) where you should park (see restrictions re parking).

Getting to takeoff

Walk up the approach track from Calebreck (NY 345 358). Follow the track up onto the fellside until it reaches a wide area of old mine workings. The take offs can then be reached by contouring (and ascending a little) onto the open fellside.

Permission to use site

Lake District National Park Authority.

Caldbeck and Uldale Commoners' Association.


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