Please Do Not Fly Pendle Hill East Face

By Andy Archer on  April 11, 2023 19:46

As a reminder, please do not fly Pendle east face, this area is strictly out of bounds for flying at the landowner's request and does not form part of our licence agreement with Lancashire County Council.

Our activities on Pendle are very visible and we have had complaints by various stakeholders.  Without the landowners express permission, paragliding and hang gliding activities are in contravention of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act) . 

Pendle is one of our best sites and we would not want to lose use of the main face due to pilots flying the east.  We have other easterly sites that can be used.

Note: Any flights flown from the east face will not score in the Pennine League.

Please re-familiarise yourself with the sites guide here:


Area marked in red is ‘Out of Bounds’ for paragliding & hang gliding

Winter Hill Access

By Brian Stewart on  January 23, 2023 17:03

The access to Winter Hill is via a private road with a combination-locked gate. The general public have not been allowed to use the road since the terrible fires which devastated the moors in recent years. The PSC has negotiated access on behalf of members who are allowed to use this road in order to fly the site. The combination on the lock is changed periodically, and the Sites Officer is given the new code. Members wishing to fly Winter Hill can obtain the current code by contacting one of the Committee.

United Utilities are pleased with how this has worked so far, but have said that they are concerned about some misuse of the system and that access has been obtained by unauthorised persons. It is vital that any PSC member who obtains the code must follow the following procedure:

  • never share the code with anyone who is not a PSC member
  • do not leave the gate unlocked after passing through
  • don’t allow a following car to tailgate you through, unless you are confident they are legitimate users
  • always scramble the code on the lock after closing it

Thank you

PSC Committee

Pendle Hill – Open Access Land Closure Lifted.

By Andy Archer on  July 20, 2022 09:19

We have taken the decision to re-open access for flying on Pendle Hill following last weeks closure.  We have had no further correspondence from Natural England despite trying to make contact.

If anyone is approached by Countryside Wardens on the hill please be courteous follow their instructions and report back to me.



PSC Sites Officer

ADVANCE NOTICE – Winter Hill Gate Code Change on 27th May 2022 @ 3pm

By Andy Archer on  May 20, 2022 16:32

Hi All,

Just been notified by Arqiva that the Winter Hill gate code will be changed Friday 27th May @ 3pm.  Please contact a member of the committee for the new code.

The note continues to say:

The number of people that know the barrier code has been kept to a good level, thank you to everyone receiving this email for minimising the risk of the number being discovered by members of the public.

As a reminder:

Once you’ve passed through the barrier please lock it behind you without leaving it on the actual code, if I find evidence that someone is up the hill and they’ve left the gate open I will remove them/the organisation from this distribution list.

Thanks to everyone for helping to keep the code out of the public domain, as you can see Arqiva are taking access on to the top of the hill very seriously so please abide by the rules.



Pennine Soaring Club

Sites Officer