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Site Name Windbank/Hawkswick
Site Status Red
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23.03.20. - Site Closed Until Further Notice.

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

Site Reference 17.011 (use for CANP mid-week)
Wind Direction SW (205 – 245)
Site Lat Long 54.138092, -2.069956
OS Grid Windbank - SD 966704. Hawkswick – SD 951713
Height Windbank – 1230ft AMSL. 450ft top to bottom Hawkswick – 1290ft AMSL. 625ft top to bottom
Grade Of Flyer

All grades.


Windbank (See Rules for Parking Fee)

2 Feb - 30 Sep: a few meters above the road, at least 150m away from the plantation where game birds nest.  Be careful not to damage the turf.

1 Oct - 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.  Alternatively park in the private car park in the village where there is room for about 5 cars. The parking fee is £1.50 (honesty box).


Windbank – walk straight up the hill aiming for the top left hand corner.  Either cross the strengthened wall point (on the left) and then step over the small locked gate, or cross the new ladder stile and keep the wall on your left until you reach the public footpath and another stile that leads to take off.  The gamekeeper prefers the second option.

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 are 2 bottom landing fields at Hawkswick.  The biggest, easiest and safest one about 1km to the NW of Hawkswick village in the first field between the river and the road (SD 948710).  It is shown clearly  in the hard copy site guide.  Check the location of the wires. 

The alternative 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 £2 is charged for parking at Windbank, this should be collected up at the end of the day and taken to Mr & Mrs Dibb, Mastiles Garth, Kilnsey, BD23 5PS (take either of the two roads to the left of the Tennant Arms pub in Kilnsey, just before the road takes a sharp left you will see a stone terrace marked Monk Cottage on the left, take the track immediately in front of Monk Cottage and Mr Dibb’s house is the newer stone build at the end of this track). Do not neglect your dues, if you do we could lose this valuable site.

Other Comments 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.


Windbank parking & route up: Mr & Mrs Dibb, Mastiles Garth, Kilnsey, BD23 5PS

Nearest landline / Mobile reception

At Conistone or the Tennants Arms at Kilnsey.

This flying site was last edited on: 24 Mar 2020
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