Last edited on: 1 Dec 2020
No flying during the months of Sep - Nov unless prior approval obtained.
This site is open but please read the information on this page carefully.
OS grid reference: SD 948 880
ENE (040-100), N (340-020), SW (200-260)
470m AMSL, 50m top to bottom
NE - E All Grades; N & SW Experienced
From the sharp/steep bend in the A684 at Bainbridge take the minor road heading south. Fork left at the radio mast and drive almost to Carpley Green. Park just before the barn on the left keeping clear of the gate.
Enter the field signed BW Thornton Rust and follow the path keeping the wall on your right. After about 150m the wall bends right and takes you through a gate. Leave the path and walk directly up the hill now keeping the wall on your left. You soon lose the wall as your handhold but keep going in the same general direction towards the right hand side of the outcrop. Once above this outcrop look for the purpose built stile, marked on the map, to gain access to the E/NE face. Access to the N face is via a further stile also shown on the map. Do not climb any walls.
Probably about 2 on E/NE face. More on N face.
The N and SW faces are rocky outcrops with sharp edges: beware rotor! The enclosure marked 'Hukermire Moss' is used for cutting peat and can be very boggy.
Do not climb any walls. If you bottom land to the E do not attempt to walk S to join the public footpath, as this will force you to climb at least one wall. You must walk back to the top and cross the stile. Bottom landings should be on the fell, not in the enclosures to the SW that are cropped. There is no route from the NW bottom landing field back to the top (you will have to walk NW to join the road) so better to land to the E of the wall where you can walk up the footpath (not marked on map). Try not to startle livestock near the sheer face: a fall is likely to prove fatal.
For many years this isolated hill was used as a paraglider training slope. However the E/NE faces are soarable and have XC potential. Since Wensleydale runs predominantly W-E the promising looking N face is often out of wind. In a SW wind it may be better to drive to Staggs Fell or Nappa Scar. However, this is an under used site and may be an entertaining alternative when Stags Fell is busy and there is a SW breeze blowing. The east face is suitable for newly qualified CPs, and the north face is one of only three in the Dales! (North face of Semer Water and Grove Head being the others)
Good mobile reception. Phone box in Worton (SD 955900).