|Wind Directions||SW - ESE||OS Ref||SE 018 137 (Sheet 110)|
|Height ASL||1479 ft (451m)||Rating||CP + 15 hours|
|Top to Bottom||350ft (108m)||Notam||8.012|
On the A640 New Hey Rd between Denshaw and Outlane, the site is at the junction with the B6114 Saddleworth Rd.
Park only in the car park.
Manchester TMA 3500ft, Class A, Dropping to 3000ft Leeds Bradford CTA 14km away.
If the wind is off to the West, do not fly behind March Hill as severe turbulence can arise there. This site is definitely not for the novice, there have been a number of serious accidents at this site, the casualties usually being novices or pilots who have had a break of several months from flying.
It is not a good site for that first flight of the year. Ask for advice on conditions if you are new to the site, even if you are experienced.
Aeromodellers tend to keep to the East of the site. Agree on this with those present before you fly, rather than arguing after a near miss.
The bowl West of the pub can be flown in ESE -SE winds. The road is now fenced on either side so fly here with CARE, not for the inexperienced.
This site is restricted to full PENNINE and DALES members only. Please respect this rule; National Trust wardens do check for club identification
This view shows the many boulders that cover this site
In light conditions, paraglider pilots should give consideration to hang gliders, for whom access to top land is vital; landing below the
top is far safer for the paraglider than it is for the hang gliders.
The principal take off is directly in front of the rigging area, behind rocks, which can cause rough air in strong winds. Find somewhere you can hold your wing steady then make a committed take off. Check that there are no paragliders lurking below the rocks in front of the take off.
Bottom landing is tricky. The land slopes down to the reservoir and is too boggy and tussocky to run out a landing. The safest place to land is on the undulations above the reservoir, heading across the main slope.
Keep below 3500ft until north of Skipton if flying due North, other directions are more problematical, check air charts.