Ullock Pike

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
Please ensure you follow any current BHPA/Government COVID guidelines (including refraining from flying if requested) - Please do not go to the farm during current pandemic.

This is a sensitive site, please follow the rules carefully.
Choose a landing area on the low fell, away from stock.
Do not land in fields on the lake side of A591 without permission. If you intend to use the bottom landing field, check at farm before flying.
Last Updated : 21/04/2021 at 10:47 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : W - WNW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY240304 Height (AMSL) : 1000' / 305m
Site Code : 17.077 Top to Bottom : 550' / 168m


N Lakes - W of Skiddaw


A stunning site only marred by very tricky top landing. From Ullock the whole Skiddaw area can be explored.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

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

CA12 4QY - This is the closest mail delivery point to the flying site and is positioned at:

About 500m NNE of the parking area. The point is near the 164m spot height is on a 1:50000 map. If you're coming from south and west, stop before you reach this point.

Getting There

Take the A591 from Keswick heading north along the side of Bassenthwaite Lake. At High Side bear right up a minor road and after 300m there is a pull in place with limited parking.

Getting to takeoff

Use the footpath that goes round the north spur of the ridge and approaches the take off area from the back. DO NOT go directly up the field to the wooden stile.

Permission to use site

High Side (located at the junction with main road), Barkbeth and Hole House


This is a classic spine back ridge

Dangerous and severe rotor behind the ridge

If wind goes off to the south it can become violently rough.

If dropping back onto Skiddaw have at least 600' ato. (185m)

Rotor behind Dodd.

Electric wires at bottom of landing field.

Take Off

Can take off area from the first knoll or the shoulder.

Landing Areas

If winds are light there are a few high level landing options.

Best bottom landing for PGs is above the car park - but fields do slope away from the hill.

Electric wires at bottom of landing field.


Excellent in light to moderate winds but beware of penetration problems in stronger winds.

XC potential

Good XC's have been done from here but not always an easy place to get away from.


Click on the photo for a full size image.

An aerial view of the Ullock Pike ridge and Skiddaw behind looking SE. Ullock Pike is the first ridge in the picture. Take off is the paler area almost directly up the hill from the block of the right hand group white houses on the left hand side. Photo reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner, Andrew McMahon. More pictures can be found on his web site.
The start of the footpath up Ullock Pike. The landing field is immediately after the gate.
The view from the landing field up to Ullock Pike. You will be pleased to know that take off is at the small col after the heather covered hill, before the main peak in the background.
Looking down on the landing field from above the fell wall. The landing field is to the left of the wall running away in the middle of the picture. The field does slope.
The take off col which is extensively covered in heather and bilberry. There are some clear areas of grass but small in nature.


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 : 87.7km
Date : 13/04/2018
Pilot : Brian Doub
Notes : A XC flight from Ullock Pike via Tebay to north of Redmire in Wensleydale. Brian says "The XC potential from Ullock is very good once you cross the Keswick valley to the Helvellyn range. From there you have already added 10 km onto the Clough to Grasmere/Ambleside run and the potential to go over the back onto the Howgills and beyond is great, especially if you can connect with the sea breeze convergence coming up from the South."
IGC File : Right click to download
Out and Return  
Distance : 38.9km
Date : 07/08/2014
Pilot : Steve Etherington
Notes : A very interesting flight down to Helvellyn and back. Glider Nova Mentor 3
IGC File : Right click to download
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 88.5km
Max Height : 4800ft
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
Street View Google Street View - Parking The parking area at Ullock Pike

Ullock Pike Map


Ullock Pike Map