We will try and give you as much information as possible about the Pennines flying sites to make your flying experience as enjoyable as possible.
Just because you flew a site the day before, don’t expect those conditions to apply today… ASK before you fly.
Click on the white site markers for information about a Pennine flying site. This will enable you to access information about the site including travelling directions via Google from your location. You will be able to view the site in Google Earth View (if you have Google earth installed). Alternatively use Google Street View to see parking. Try placing your self at takeoff in Earth view and look out from the hill you will be flying!
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GREEN - TAKEOFF. AMBER - LANDING. BLUE - PARKING. RED - NO FLY ZONE
Visiting pilots from other clubs are welcome and actively encouraged. However the possession of this guide book does not give any pilot the right of access to any site in this guide, from time to time there is a need to close various sites on a temporary basis for a variety of reasons. Up to date information is published in the Club Newsletter.
Visiting pilots must contact a member of the committee to find out the current status of any site they wish to visit.
Many of the Pennine sites lie very close to or underneath restricted airspace. it is essential that all pilots know the legal limits to the space they can fly in and what's downwind. It is mandatory to carry an up to date air chart and necessary to have and be able to use an altimeter.
Before going XC it's well worth having planned out a likely route and imagined what main features you are likely to use as landmarks en route. Carry a ‘Glider Pilot’ sign in your bag. It will usually improve your chances of getting somebody to stop when you are hitching a lift back.
One known active shooting range in our region must be identified by anyone going XC from Pule Hill. Shooters Nab (Deerhill) just east of Marsden at mr SE 067 110. There is a safety radius of 1300m around it. Keep well out of this region. At regular intervals (at least once a week) Standard Fireworks test out their fireworks at the range, thermalling off a roman candle is not advisable!
Members are reminded that grouse shooting takes place from 12th August to 31st December. Even prior to August, gamekeepers are very protective of the areas affected, so please avoid these areas whenever possible.
Edenfield is closed for lambing in the spring. Usually about 4 weeks from 25th April. Please check with the sites officer or a committee member before flying.
Even though other sites are not specifically closed during lambing, we rely on the goodwill of the relevant farmers so please use your common sense. Every year inconsiderate pilots ignore lambing restrictions.
Whilst we do have problems and have to impose restrictions on certain sites, in the main we have a harmonious relationship with landowners and farmers and it is in everyone’s interest that we keep it that way. We have arrangements with local land owners whose sites we fly. Our membership fees pay for the following sites, with no financial help from any other source: Edenfield £400; Long Ridge £400; Nonts Sarahs £400 (Shared with the DHPC); Parlick £450 and Winter Hill £400.
Studied the charts?
It is important that we all stick to them!
Site recommendations and tips for the novice pilot