Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Experienced pilots only. Telephone the occupier at The Howe before flying. Strictly no dogs. Do not block the track and close all gates. Use stile onto the fell. If you think you may go down check with the occupier at Long Green Head first.

While there are no lambing restrictions on the fell the usual courtesy to avoid fields with livestock is essential for preserving our good relations with the farming community in this valley.
Last Updated : 30/07/2017 at 08:53 by Ian Henderson
Wind : W - WNW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY423032 Height (AMSL) : 1280' / 390m
Site Code : 17.076 Top to Bottom : 850' / 259m


Central Lakes - N of Windermere (Town)


An excellent and impressive ridge site overlooking the Troutbeck Valley. The ridge runs north / south and rises to some of the higher fells of the Lakeland area.

Site Officer

Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533

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

LA23 1JR - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Broadgate Farm. This postcode centre is a considerable distance from the flying site as there are no other delivery points in the area. If approaching from the east, the farm is on the road from Ings. Use with caution if approaching from any other direction.

Getting There

Approach from the A591. Turn right at Ings (going west) and follow a minor road for about 5 km to a left hand bend with a good unsurfaced road leading off to the right. Cars can be left at the start of the track and pilots should double up as there is very limited parking at the end of the track. It is better if you don't go right to the end of the access track.

Getting to takeoff

From Dubbs Reservoir follow the track until it joins the Garburn Track on the right as it rises from the valley below. At this point climb the stile to the right and gain the hillside above to a take off point 50m above. Once past Dubbs Reservoir, the track deteriorates significantly and is really only suitable for 4 x 4 vehicles.

Permission to use site

Howe Farm and Long Green Head

Additional Safety Notes

Depending on conditions it can vary from excellent with good thermals to downright rough. Turbulence increases as the wind goes north of NNW or above 16mph. It can be rough in the valley in even moderate winds. Only use the valley bottom landing as a last resort. Top landing is a little awkward and a reasonably flat spot should be sought out from the air before attempting; there are lots of small hillocks. Bottom landing is down the road from the cars by the small reservoir; inspect this area first before flying. It is recommended that a windsock is placed by the reservoir.


The site is fine in light winds but stronger conditions can lead to turbulence. The farmer is not keen on paragliders. Please limit any 'scratching' if possible.

Hang Gliding

A fairly short carry.

XC potential

Brilliant XC potential; Wether Fell is 45km downwind and can be used as a staging point for exploring areas of the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.


Click on the photo for a full size image.

The southerly take off at Troutbeck is on the left hand side of the photo, seemingly just next to Dubbs Reservoir. The main access road/track runs left to right through the centre. Looking SW with Windermere in the background.
Looking north up the Troutbeck valley with High Street in the distance. The northerly take off area is in the foreground.
The "gnarly" top landing area at Troutbeck.Care is needed here as there a number of small peaks with steep ground between them.


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.

FAI Triangle  
Distance : 24.0km approx
Date : 1995
Pilot : Burkitt Rudd
Notes : Flight combining Stony Cove Pike and Loughrigg Fell with the takeoff ridge
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 37.8km
Date : 23/05/2004
Pilot : Jim Stilling
Notes : Landing near Garsdale Head
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 48.3km
Max Height : 4500ft
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 - Car Park 2
Google Earth Google Earth - Take Off
Street View Google Street View - Parking The start of the Dubbs Road which is an unmetalled road. As you can see, they were repairing the track in 2010 - but this will only go as far as the reservoir.

Troutbeck Map


Troutbeck Map