Suitable for NW-ENE winds. (Os map 102)
Sometimes called Parlick Pike, it
is situated approx 10 miles N.E of
Preston. Nearest Village is Chipping, Parlick covers the
majority of local prominent wind directions. NW through S to NE,
almost 270 Degrees of good lift conditions.
W - NW site; GR SD5937 4500 - take diagonal footpath to
left shortly after leaving top of steep cobbled slope after Fell
Foot. follow the upward spiralling footpath about 500m to the
kissing gate. The site is a short distance
along the path after the gate situated behind the stone wall.
(for more info - see below: )
SW - SE site; -along path from GR SD5937 4475 to SD 5980 4500.
SE - ENE site; - GR SD 6000 4500. commonly known as the
bomb hole, due terrain. Turn right at Fell Foot & take path,
not shown on OS maps - in NE direction. After about 300m take
feint track to left rising steeper & eventually arriving at bomb
Fairly strenuous walk to sites.
Excellent Lift, Landings can be difficult with models over 3m due to slope of
fell. Usually good smooth lift on all faces.
Parlick is shared with full size gliders & paragliders. There
is also an unofficial group of model fliers - The Parlick Soarers
- who have flown there for decades & tend to fly Wednesdays.
Route 1 (A6 from Preston)
(Map - Red route)
Heading North on the A6 from
Preston, turn right at the Broughton traffic lights towards
Longridge. Take a left after 1mile and head through Inglewhite.
continue past Barns Fold reservoirs & continue in a NE direction
passing the Gliding club on the left & generally heading towards
Chipping. The road to Fell Foot is to the left about 1ml.after
the Gliding club.
Route 2 (A6 from Lancaster)
(Map - Yellow route)
Heading South on the A6 at Bilsborrow just south of Garstang , at the Roebuck
inn, turn left (East) on to Bilsborrow Lane. Follow the
signs to beacon fell but go past this and pick up the signs for
Chipping. The road twists and turn but you will see the
impressive hills of Fair Snape Fell (on the left) joined to
Parlick on the right. The road takes you particularly close to
Parlick and just as the road veers sharp right (south) (towards
the gliding club and Chipping beyond) at this junction there is
a road on the left (straight on – designated a “quiet lane”)
take this road, which keeps Parlick on your left. At the end of
this road you will find the access road to Parlick (Fell Foot).
Park in the parking bays up the
access road to fell foot or at the junction at the bottom. .GR
Walk up the access road to Fell
Foot cottage where there is a large gate. It is worth reading
the notice board just inside the gate. (a few do's and Don'ts)
This is where you may think
that you want to go home – the thought of climbing straight up
to the top hill from here puts a lot of people off. However,
model flying is generally not done from the top and depending on
the direction of the wind then the walk may not be quite as bad
as you think to the areas where modellers gather.
The predominant wind direction is Westerly, this allows for an
easier approach to the hill. At the top of the initial steep
bank/ cobbled path the path goes straight up from just inside
the gate, the path forks (straight up for the S, SE slope or you
can take the left fork and progress up the hill in a steady
spiral towards the Westerly slopes.
(for those that think the cobbled path is a little too steep,
(it can be when there is ice around) turn right and you will see
a more gentle path around the fenced area taking you to the top
of the cobbles.)
The SW spiral is a nice walk that takes in the views to the
South and West. Longridge to the south, In the distance Winter
Hill nr Bolton, Preston SW, Beacon Fell , above which on a good
day you can see Mt Snowdon - Wales, Anglesey, Blackpool, Presall
and I have even seen the distant outline of the Isle of Man on a
really clear day. The larger hill along the ridge to the north
is Fair Snape Fell – also a good walk where even better views await.
The sunset from Parlick is particularly impressive.
Take your time and rest when you need, progress up the well
defined path up to the style / gate. Here you will see a stone
wall adjacent to the path. 50 yards or so along will bring you
to a point where modellers congregate. They can put their models
behind the wall, use it to shelter from the wind and there is a
steep slope behind you that allows for you to sit and be
sheltered from the wind while you are flying.
Some fantastic lift can be found here. Full size gliders, from
the gliding club in the valley, can be seen moving up and down
in this band of lift to transit to the higher ground, Snape
Fell, which is where they do most of their soaring. Also
paragliders can, on the warmer more calmer days, climb to great
heights. They tend to go further up the hill to launch. For
modellers, we can fly in most conditions. Indeed, during the
time when the wind is above 10 mph the paragliders are often no
where to be seen.
I have flown Parlick in Zero wind conditions with a small
lightweight gliders primarily using thermal lift through to a
howling gale where you have to sit down otherwise the wind will
blow you over. All equally loads of fun, there are just a few
slope soaring rules that need to be considered, for that matter
where ever you fly.
Generally do not turn in towards the slope, especially if the
wind is strong.
do not fly behind you, not even for a landing, if you do turn
towards the slope make sure you keep your speed on and turn
early. Watch out of others, be it other modellers, full size
gliders / paragliders and not to forget the ramblers.
Click on MAP for directions (1.4Mb)
Suitable for SW-NW winds. (OS map 102)
It is with
regret that I have to report that flying
from Beacon Fell is no longer
practicable. This is due to major tree
planting activity on the westerly slope.
Planting of saplings has taken place on
both the field on the left side behind
the wall, and now planting has taken
place in front of the wall lower down
the slope and also around to the NW.
There is only a fairly narrow path left
without any trees which would make
landing somewhat tricky with the chance
that the saplings may get damaged.
Suitable for SW-NW winds. (OS map 102)
Beacon Fell is recognised by the fact
that most of it is covered in pine
trees. There is some open ground on top
but the soaring site is the green slope
on the western side up to the tree line.
Park 250m past visitor centre in small
car park on right, GR SD5625 4285.
Cross road - through gate -
We used to fly from the field
immediately on the left through the
kissing gate, but this has now been
planted with tree saplings.
However if you carry onto the bottom of
the track to the next gate into the
lower field then you can fly.
Lift can be very good particularly in
light winds a distance out from the
face. Beware the stone wall at top of
slope & tall dense forest behind. not so
good for large models in the lower field
but if conditions are good with light
winds, lift is good.
If wind is blustery and moderate, then
beware of the turbulence generated from
the trees at the foot of the slope.
This is private, grazing land, but treat
it with respect and it is ok to fly
there. Often used when Parlick is
covered in cloud or for those that do
not like to walk too far.
The visitors centre has a cafe, and
There are a number of routes to and
around Beacon Fell depending the
direction you are coming from:
Route 1: (This route is more direct
from Preston.) (Map - Red route)
Heading North on the A6, turn right at
the Broughton traffic.lights towards
Longridge. Take a left after 1mile &
head thro. Inglewhite. Thro.
Crombleholme fold to join one way system
close to Beacon Fell visitor centre.
250m after visitor centre park in small
carpark on right.
From the car park you enter the site
through a gate & through a kissing gate
to the left. The stile is straight on
through the first gate in the stone wall
& used if you land low.
Route 2: (
Heading South on the A6 from Lancaster,
at Bilsborrow just south of Garstang ,
at the Roebuck inn, turn left (East) on
to Bilsborrow Lane pick up and follow
the signs for beacon fell.
Enter Beacon Fell access road and follow
the one way road round the back of the
hill until you get all the way back to
the west to the visitors centre, 250m
after visitor centre park in small
carpark on right. From the carpark, you
will see the a gate and kissing gate to
Longridge Fell: (Jeffrey
Hill); (Map - Green route)
Suitable for N - NNW winds.
Park at GR SD 6400 4012.
Fly at GR SD6440 4040.
Easy walk from car park - thru gate,
followed by gentle incline on well defined path.
Fairly good landing areas - some rocks
in heather - good for large models. Site occasionally shared with
As you progress through the Style /
Gate from the carpark, some locals prefer to fly on the edge of the
green grass meadow to the left. At the bottom Right hand corner of
the meadow area, there is a some reed grass and a gulley / peat
cutting, great for getting out of the wind. But this a little too
close to the road some 50 feet below you at this point. But landing
is good on the well trimmed grass. Watch out for the sheep
For better lift and in my opinion, safer conditions, the slope
further along the ridge offers a better option.
From the Gate, follow the path up the slight incline until the path
brings you to an old Stone gate post and to the front of the slope.
This is where you fly from; short grass, a steep slope that works
well from a mainly Northerly wind direction. Landing is also good
with fairly flat ground offered on the top. (its ok, you are at the
Head from the A6 at Broughton towards
Longridge. At Longridge, do not go into the town centre but continue
over the mini roundabout and on until the junction where the main
road veers right and down the hill towards Ribchester. (There is a pub on the junction
at this point). Turn left here and continue towards the Longridge
Golf club. Again the road forks – take the LH fork -sign posted
golf club. Continue past the golf club and you will come to a single
large cottage at a “T” junction. Turn right up the hill and you will
see a car park on the left. You are there!
What you will now see is
Beacon Fell to the NW, the associated range of hill to the north of the Forest of Bowland, Parlick, Snape
Fell, Wolf Fell etc. In the
distance to the NE, North Yorkshire moors. NW is Beacon Fell.
If the wind changes and offers a direction with anything but a
Northerly, then the best way to get to Parlick is via Chipping. From
the car park, follow the road all the way down the hill (don’t go
back through Longridge) at the T junction at the bottom of the hill,
turn left followed by right turn sign posted Chipping. Through
chipping and you head towards the hill. You can’t really miss it,
although there are a few different routes to actually get to Parlick.
View from Jeffrey Hill -
Parlick in the distance
Sometimes called Lek Fell, Near Kirkby Lonsdale. Suitable for W - SE winds.
(Lat 54.212741, Long -2.508211) Park GR SD6430 7925.
Walk a few metres up hill from car
park lay-by & enter gate on right. Site is a few metres easy walk
from gate at GR SD6435 7905. Usually good lift with good landing
areas - suitable for large models. Lift can be lumpy as wind moves
round to east.
Pendle Hill (Lat
53.843240° Long -2.345080°) (Grid Ref SD771385)
Flying site is primarily the "Nick of
Pendle" catering for W to NNW and SSE to SSW
Ribble Valley Model
Rivington Pike & Winter Hill
Situated to the NE of Horwich, Nr
Bolton, just off the M61. Winter Hill can be seen for miles around as it
is the hill with the TV Mast situated on top.
Rivington Soaring Association fly at three
main sites and caters for:
(SSE to WSW)
(WNW to NNW)
(N to ENE
Rivington - Location
The Long Mynd
Long Mynd Soaring Association
Head for Church Stretton situated on the
A49 approx 10 mile south of Shrewsbury. Turn into the town at the
traffic lights, the Spar shop is on the left if you need supplies for
the day ahead. Head into the town centre at the Cross roads go straight
over and head up the Burway to the top of the Long Mynd.
Be careful going up the Burway, its a
single track with passing places, but it does go up the side of the
valley and gets quite steep. There is a full size gliding club on the
top, and they do take the glider trailers up and down this way.
There are a number flying site at the top.
The first is the "Reservoir Slope" (NE) situated on the
right of the main track. Shortly followed by "Ashes Hollow" (SE)
on the left. Carry on this road heading for the Gliding Club and you
will come across a copse of tree on the right and a car park. This is "Pole
Cottage" (W), just a short flat walk from the car park.
Other slope are "Ashlet" (E)
and "Darnford" (N)
Long Mynd Soaring
Association Website for More Direction
Wikipedia - Church Stretton
Google Map - Church Stretton
Staffordshire - Bordering on the Peak
Leek & Moorland -
Moorland Model Gliding Association
7 Flying sites around the area
Roundway,or Oliver's Hill
(Devizes)(S - W)
Situated just North of Devizes, in
At the Travel lodge/Subway sandwich shop (SN10
2HL), situated on a junction
on the A361 (London Road) North of the Town of Devizes, turn onto Folly
road and continue until you reach a junction (no through road) with a
red post box and old phone box in the village of Roundway. Turn right
and follow road up the hill until the road splits (you will see a white
horse carved into the hill on the right. Don't go to the white horse,
but turn onto the left hand fork road. Follow this to the top until the
tarmac stops, you will see a track running along the ridge to the left.
follow this track (Its quite bumpy so take it easy. At the end of the
track park your car near the woods. the path is to the right of the
woods a level walk for a 100 meters or so and you will emerge at the top
of the Roundway.
Google Map - Roundway
White Horse (Westbury)
(NW - N) (E)
Situated South East of Westbury, From the
B3098, Bratton Road (SW Westbury), at the Cross roads of Alfred Street
and Newtown, turn onto Newtown and follow Road up the hill. The road
bears left on to Long River Road, continue and turn left onto top of
hill and the White horse. The extensive carpark is also on the top.
Range of hills takes a NW
round to a N, there is also a gully / bowl that allows for and
Google Map-Westbury White Horse
Crook Peak, West Mendip
Rhossili Down (W) Worm Head Cliffs (SW)
Situated on the Gower
Peninsula, to the West of Swansea. (Lat 51.56856°N, Long
from Swansea Head towards the
Mumbles, Turn on to the B4436. turn left on to the A4118 then right onto
B4247 for Rhossili.
these are genreeal direction,
please check the map as it is quite a way from Swansea.
At Rhossili, head towards
Worm Head and park in the car park, or you can park in the church car
park for a gratuity
From here you will see
Rhossili Bay and the huge hill overlooking the fantastic beach.
Head up the hill from the
church, there is a small plateau half way up. this is where the para
glider school launch from. Proceed to the top and the model gliding and
para gliding from the Westerly slope nearest to work Head.
Fantastic lift that extends a
long way out, with no turbulence and plenty of flat space to land
behind, with no hint of turbulence.
A Dream Slope soaring venue
as long as you have a Westerly wind.
The cliffs to the south of
Worm Head can also be soared with smaller models (SW to WSW). Be careful
though as conditions can be turbulent at times.
Situated on the Gower
Peninsula, to the West of Swansea.
Wikipedia - Rhossili
Google Map - Rhossili