Walla Crags

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use
Please ensure you follow any current BHPA/Government COVID guidelines (including refraining from flying if requested).
Please use gloves when you touch the gates - the farmer was worried about being inundated with visitors post lockdown, so be aware.

This site lies in the path of the busiest military low flying corridor in the country. THIS SITE MUST BE NOTAM'd prior to ANY MID WEEK FLYING.(Tel: 0800 51 55 44 - SITE CODE 17.078 GRID REF: NY 277 214). WALLA CRAG IS A NOTAM ONLY SITE (for ALL mid week flying before 6pm). Any pilot who is known to have flown on Walla Crag 'mid-week' and has failed to carry out the correct NOTAM procedure WILL BE NAMED AND SHAMED. Continued abuse of the SITE RULES governing flying at Walla Crag WILL RESULT IN THE SITE BEING CLOSED and measures put in place to prevent future flying at the site.

Keep the head of the road clear of parked cars, park with consideration.

Last Updated : 21/04/2021 at 11:30 by Rick Livingstone
Wind : WNW - NW    
Nil Wind : No    
Grid Ref : NY277214 Height (AMSL) : 1210' / 369m
Site Code : 17.078 Top to Bottom : 450' / 137m


N Lakes - S of Keswick


An excellent light wind site; can be inter-flown with Latrigg. The cliff edge requires a take-off with conviction! Not good for nil/very light wind forward launches, due to flat top & limited space. This is a good reliable thermal site and is in the right place for convergence. Also a classic afternoon site in a gentle seabreeze.

Site Officer

Rick Livingstone : 07761187016

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

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

Just north of Castlerigg Farm which in turn is 500m north of Rakefoot Farm

Getting There

Approach from the A591. Descending into Keswick from the south, take a minor road on the left leading to Castlerigg campsite. Parking space is limited to 6 cars. DO NOT block road/access to Rakefoot Farm. There is a possibility of parking at Castlerigg campsite - a donation is required.

Getting to takeoff

From the road end climb the hillside heading towards the right following the line of the field boundary. The take off is 30m beyond the small gate.

Permission to use site

Rakefoot Farm, Castlerigg Farm and The National Trust



Top land well back behind the wall - in moderate winds rotor may exist some distance back from the edge.Keep away from the trees please and do not overfly the farm.

Take Off

Correctly identify the take-off point. There is a small, flat heather covered rigging area in front of the wall 30m beyond a small access gate. The usual take-off is just in front of this.

This is a cliff take-off requiring commitment and with no second chances.

Some people choose to take off 20m further on at the slightly higher rocky knoll.

Whole site is not good for nil/light wind forward launches

Landing Areas

Official landing field is near to Rakefoot Farm, from lane, over the gate and the stream, up the bank there are 2 fields which are connected by an open gateway. If either is empty of stock, choose that one. Good idea to check out the landing field before flying, if its your first time here.

DO NOT overfly the farm buildings at any time.

From the air, approach with care as trees near farm are now quite big. Can be lifty over these fields. If you loose height by take off, you need to make a quick decision when to turn and head for this landing field - if in doubt head out and land at the bottom.

Just below take-off height top landing is possible - 100m to the right of take off (near the approach path).

It is possible to top land if you stay well back and land behind the wall to keep clear of rotor caused by the cliff edge

OK to land in one of the empty fields alongside the Borrowdale Road at the bottom.

If you fly down towards Borrowdale, beware there are some areas between the Youth Hostel and take off where there is no bottom landing


excellent lifty site, particularly in late afternoon sea breeze/convergence/restitution. Can be thermic.

XC potential

nice ridge runs down towards Borrowdale and further afield.


Click on the photo for a full size image.

A panoramic view of the North Lakes, probably taken from the Blencathra area. Walla Crags is the steep ground with Derwent Water on its right. Photo by Mike Harper.
Looking to the SW with Derwent Water on the right
Walla Crags from the air with Blencathra in the background. 2 gliders are in the take off area. Photo by Peter Rycroft.
Another view of Walla Crags looking north east. Photo by Mike Harper.
One landing option is Crow Park nexy to the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Photo by Mike Harper


Local Information - Pubs/Food etc

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

  Heights Hotel, Keswick
Grid Reference : NY282226
Distance from Site : 0.3 miles
Notes : The Heights aka Cragg Bar serves Lakeland Gold which is one of the best beers around. The quality of the beer is a bit variable but the beer garden is stunning and generally quiet. They have a menu of vegetarian food and out of date snacks. There's plenty of parking in their car park or the layby next to it. Midge repellent is advisable.
  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 : 32.5km
Date : 14/05/1996
Pilot : Mark Stuart
Hang Gliding
Open Distance XC  
Distance : 57.9km
Max Height : 5350ft
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
Street View Google Street View - Parking Keep the lane clear!

Walla Crags Map


Walla Crags Map