E - SE

Black Combe (East)

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use Please ask first. No training. DO NOT fly south of the deep gully below Black Crags unless on approach to L3. No dogs allowed onto the site or fellsides.
Last Updated : 15/12/2021 at 19:14 by Ian Henderson
Wind : E - SE    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : SD149850 Height (AMSL) : 600' - 1900' / 185m - 580m
Site Code : 17.055 Top to Bottom : 480' - 1780' / 145m - 543m


SW Lakes - nr Millom


Given suitable light to moderate conditions this is a superb place to fly.

Local Sites Contact - Keith Paterson mobile 07841 056727

Site Officer

Keith Paterson : 07889 645299

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

LA18 5LU - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

Hallbeck house just to the west of parking on the A595

Getting There

The area is off to the north of the main A595(T) halfway between Whicham and the A5093 junction to Millom. Approach from a lay-by on the left of the road (if heading west) near the entrance to Beckside farm.

Getting to takeoff

If permission has been granted (see below) then follow the approach marked on the site map, passing to the left of a small wood to the open fell. Aim for and follow a track that runs diagonally across the hillside. An alternative is to walk to just beyond Whicham Mill and
then up onto the hillside before heading back south.

If its light worth walking up to the right side of the bowl higher up.

Permission to use site

Please go through the formality of asking permission first and checking that a landing field is available. Hallbeck House; the farmer farms at Beck Side farm. Field L3 can be used for bottom landing if preferred; check first at Parsonage Farm - usually a field in the valley out from take off will be suggested.

Additional Safety Notes

There can be rotor along the summit above the crags. The site is very prone to sea breeze in summer whereby the wind shifts rapidly to the south. Top landing areas are good although watch the wind gradient. Check out the landing fields; some of them slope slightly.


Beware of the wind gradient and possible problems with pushing forward over the upper slopes. See HG information.

Hang Gliding

Quite a stiff carry up! There are no known vices but the site is little flown. The area is occasionally used by gliders aero-towed across from Walney. A number of top landing areas are available at different heights from the summit down.

XC potential

The site lies at the very western edge of the Lake District area and so has the potential to produce tremendous cross country distances. However, XC potential in an easterly is not brilliant as there is airspace downwind at both Eskmeals and at Sellafield. The Irish Sea might come into the equation as well. To go XC it might help to try to head north as much as possible. Flights to Whitehaven and Keswick have been done.

No photos available for this site. Good quality photos of CSC sites always required.


Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only! You may find details of other facilities here

  Miners Arms
Grid Reference : SD131419
Distance from Site : 2.0 miles
Notes : Great pub good food especially if landing at Silcroft Beach
  Click here to go to the web site
  Click here to see the place in Google Street View


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 : 47.3km
Date : 27/08/2016
Pilot : Keith Paterson
Notes : A great flight through the Western Lakes. From Black Combe and then up the Duddon Valley. Over Harter Fell and into upper Eskdale. Over the eastern side of Scafell and Great End and into Borrowdale. Down the Maiden Moor ridge. A diversion to Blencathra and then back to the finish north west of Bassenthwaite.
IGC File : Right click to download
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 28.9km
Max Height : 3100ft
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 - Take Off Take off for a flight on 28 June 2009
Street View Google Street View - Parking Park on the left and then walk up the track on the right of the road. Don't block the farmyard entrance.

Black Combe (East) Map


Black Combe (East) Map