W - WNW
|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 :||01/01/2021 at 16:02 by John Westall|
|Last Reviewed :||31/03/2021 by B Rudd|
|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.
John Westall : 07884 037144
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.
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.
Do not go past the gate marked on the map, just north of the reservoir. The track is in poor condition and parking is very restricted. Don't park adjacent to the reservoir as water company employees frequently park there. There are some parking places 50 ft beyond
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
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 SW take off is fairly shallow and short and only useful if the wind goes off the hill to the south (common - due to sea breeze sweeping up Windermere).
The landing area just to the north of the reservoir is excellent but take care in strong winds as you might experience rotor. The valley landing is emergency only and should be avoided
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.
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.
Follow this link for a 360 degree panorama of take off at Troutbeck. 2 people are sitting in the take off area. This starts in the lower right hand corner of the video and changes to lower centre during video. Take off is near an area of scree.
Click on the photo for a full size image.
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.
|Distance :||24.0km approx|
|Pilot :||Burkitt Rudd|
|Notes :||Flight combining Stony Cove Pike and Loughrigg Fell with the takeoff ridge|
|Open Distance XC|
|Pilot :||Jim Stilling|
|Notes :||Landing near Garsdale Head|
|Open Distance XC|
|Max Height :||4500ft|
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.