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Postby THORP T211 » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:40 pm

I am having my annual camping trip with some folks from work on the 7,8,9 July. We go to a nice campsite in the Lake district,near to Lake windermere. Although I live in Liverpool and the lakes is only an hour and a 20 mins away,I thought it would be fun to fly there,but I cannot see and dont know of any airfields/strips nearby, anyone any ideas?

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Postby Squadgy » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:44 pm

Cark, South of Windermere, Tarmac, unlicenced, about 400m. Parachute centre.

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Postby The Westmorland Flyer » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:01 pm

Not many airfields around the Lake District 'cos there's not much flat land around! In addition to Cark (not been there, a bit short for me), there's also Barrow, which is OK but is quite a long and arduous journey into Windermere. To the north are Carlisle airport and Kirkbride, both of which offer reasonable access into the northern Lakes but you have to get over the Kirkstone pass to get to Windermere.

Not ideal, I'm afraid.

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Postby Straight'n'Level » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:23 pm

Last I heard BAE weren't accepting visitors to Barrow at weekends.

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Postby The Westmorland Flyer » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:29 pm

Straight'n'Level wrote:Last I heard BAE weren't accepting visitors to Barrow at weekends.

Yes, I believe that is unfortunately still the case. I've only been in there weekdays, for sure.

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Postby tonyhalsall » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:24 am

There is a pivate strip south of Penrith at Bedlands Gate Farm in Lowther.
It is a microlight strip but if you have the capability to get into a very short strip then you may be OK. Just a word that a power line crosses the southern threshold at about 20' so you need to be high and aim long.
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Postby The Westmorland Flyer » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:17 pm

tonyhalsall wrote:There is a pivate strip south of Penrith at Bedlands Gate Farm in Lowther.
It is a microlight strip but if you have the capability to get into a very short strip then you may be OK. Just a word that a power line crosses the southern threshold at about 20' so you need to be high and aim long.
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Yes! Be very careful - the runways (about 300m) are bounded at each threshold by dry stone walls and to the south there are low voltage power lines within the field. It would be nice if the runways were about twice the length - it's only about a mile from my house!

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Postby sofaman » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:09 pm

The Westmorland Flyer wrote:
tonyhalsall wrote:There is a pivate strip south of Penrith at Bedlands Gate Farm in Lowther.
It is a microlight strip but if you have the capability to get into a very short strip then you may be OK. Just a word that a power line crosses the southern threshold at about 20' so you need to be high and aim long.
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Yes! Be very careful - the runways (about 300m) are bounded at each threshold by dry stone walls and to the south there are low voltage power lines within the field. It would be nice if the runways were about twice the length - it's only about a mile from my house!


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Postby cessna152towser » Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:41 pm

Yes indeed, John, you could buy a share in an Ikarus C-42 and keep it at home then make it available to the other shareholders at Carlisle while you are away flying your Warrior! :lol: :D
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Postby Keef » Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:58 pm

I'd have suggested an R22.
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Postby novpap » Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:01 pm

I have taken a 172 into Cark without any difficulty. Although runway is stated as 400m, there is an overrun if required. PPR essential.

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Postby Neil Bordessa » Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:00 pm

I've taken an Aztec into Cark.....don't ask :D
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Postby Straight'n'Level » Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:18 pm

I think Cark parachute club use a Cessna Caravan, if that's any guide?

(At least that's where I was told it was from when it turned up at Blackpool for servicing :? )

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Postby cessna152towser » Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:50 pm

The Cark parachutists have (or had) a New Zealand built PAC-750XL which takes up 17 parachutists at a time. Huge flaps and when it was demonstrated at Carlisle the pilot would put it in a power dive from 10,000 feet then use the flaps to slow down on short finals and try to get back on the ground before the punters who had baled out.
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Postby Potts » Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:36 am

Have also been to Cark (in a 152) recently. Easily spotted coming over Morecambe Bay, A/G infrequently manned, plenty of space to get in/out (overrun's extensive, official track about 400m). Short cab ride to Cartmel (have dinner at l'Enclume!)...


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