Last edited on: 18 May 2024

Important information

Parking fee now £3.00.

Until we confirm arrangements with the new owner, only pay if challenged.

Please do not fly here if there is a shoot taking place.  The shooting season is 12 Aug - 1 Feb.  Over this period please park near the cattle grid, not by the plantation which is particularly sensitive.

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Lat, long: 54.138092, -2.069956

OS grid reference: Windbank - SD 966704. Hawkswick – SD 951713

Wind direction

SW (205 – 245)


Windbank – 1230ft AMSL. 450ft top to bottom Hawkswick – 1290ft AMSL. 625ft top to bottom

Grade of pilot

All grades.


Windbank (See Rules for Parking Fee)

2 Feb - 11 Aug: a few meters above the road, at least 150m away from the plantation where game birds nest.  Be careful not to damage the turf.

12 Aug - 1 Feb: by the cattle grid.  Keep well away from the wood at the top end.

Hawkswick – drive across to S side of the river, via the bridge, and park in the grassy area opposite the village.  


Windbank – walk straight up the hill crossing the wire fence via the stile aiming for the top left hand corner.  Over the ladder stile, keep the wall on your left until you reach the public footpath and another stile that leads over the wall to take off. 

Hawkswick – via public footpath between farm buildings, then left up a private track across the face of the ridge.


If there is good lift on the ridge then the site will support all those that turn up.


SW of the road at Windbank there is a steep drop into the river.  Closer to the gate than the plantation gives you a larger flat area on which to land.

Beware of rotor behind the crags.

There is currently just the one bottom landing field in operation at Hawkswick. This is the field on the left immediately after crossing the bridge from Hawkswick (SD 956703).  There is a gate to enter the field with a sign on it about private fishing and also a public footpath sign leading to Arncliffe Road.  This field has been known to suffer from turbulence in strong westerlies so treat it with caution.


When landing at Windbank, do not fly over the plantation, as it contains game birds managed by local farmers.

Flyers must land before reaching the road, and avoid cars and people in the landing area!

A fee of £3 is charged for parking at Windbank. Please pay this to the farmer when requested.


Watch the wind direction when landing at the bottom of Windbank. Trees are being planted below the Hawkswick ridge to re-populate the hillside. This may affect flying in future.

Site Challenges

If you'd like a task to follow, consider the Windbank 2024 NCS task, or the DFCs Windbank Arncliffe Amble and Windbank Grassington Bimble. Visit Ed Cleasby's website for background and information about the Northern Challenge Series and Defined Flying Challenges.


Land owner

Contact via Sites Officer

Nearest landline/mobile phone coverage

At Conistone or the Tennants Arms at Kilnsey.