Stanage

Status Sensitive
Status Message Site open, no currently reported issues.
Wind SW
Take Off A – Overstones SK 251 828 / 428m
B – Hooks Carr SK 245 833 / 413m
Landing See main text
Airspace M868 Class A at FL85
Hospital Northern General, Sheffield
Site Code 8.009
Location Hathersage area

Characteristics

Stanage gives excellent cross-country potential and in the right conditions gives excellent soaring along a long, scenic ridge. It is, however, far from straightforward and demands a healthy respect from those flying it.

Caution: It is not advisable to fly Stanage in anything other than wind which is due S.W. If the wind direction veers to the west or backs to the south, then launches become problematic and conditions on the ridge can get extremely nasty, with sudden, vicious turbulence close to VERY hard rocks. BEWARE! If the wind is ‘off’ you will have much more enjoyable flying elsewhere.

Take-offs

Overstones (also known as “hangie” take-off): This launch is VERY shallow and needs a fast, committed take-off: it is then quite a challenging flight to contour the slope and fly west onto the main rock face at Hook’s Carr. Pilots are asked to refrain from launching unless they are confident they can stay up or reach one of the official landing sites, since the fields immediately below this launch area are sensitive and not to be used for normal landings.

DSC have an agreement not to disrupt aeromodelling activities at the east end of the bowl towards Callow Bank. D.S.C. members must not overfly this bowl unless they are above 200 feet and are confident of maintaining their height.

Hook’s Carr (main take-off): The take-off is confined and surrounded by rocks and boulders and there is a busy footpath at the rear. Do not obstruct this path and be mindful of members of the public when ground handling and taking off. The wind speed window is narrow and the take-off requires good ground handling and launch technique.

Top landing at launch is OK for experienced paraglider pilots or VERY experienced hang glider pilots keeping in mind the above points.

Bottom landings

A: Hollin Bank: South of the plantation and next to Hollin Bank car park is a large open area of grass and bracken. This is a useful 380 ft. below launch and is easily accessible. Be sure of wind direction, and be wary of thermals coming from the gully directly upwind; a good set-up with plenty of speed on approach should ensure a safe arrival. If you find yourself low near the plantation this is a better option than going for Hooks Carr which you are unlikely to reach.

B: Hooks Carr (normal landing), adjacent to the climbers’ car park: At the corner of the road, just NE of where the climbers park, 240 feet below launch. Land on the green square of turf by the road junction, taking careful note of the wind direction before choosing your approach.

C: Carhead Emergency Landing: In an overshoot situation when approaching landing B, fly forward over the cars and the road to land on the tufted grass beyond: best to land as far to the east as possible thus avoiding the tussocks and landing close to the ONLY access gate onto the road. PLEASE USE IT.

Please note: No other landing or emergency landing sites have been consented by either the National Park Authority or adjacent landowners. Please bear this in mind when planning your flight and in your assessment of the weather conditions. The area close to the road between the agreed landings A and B is particularly sensitive – this is the area coloured red on the map. This area is known as the “Wet Sitch” and is one of the most ecologically important areas of Stanage both for plant life and as a Ring Ouzel habitat – pilots absolutely must avoid landing here.

Safety

Stanage is a potentially dangerous site, particularly for PGs. There are large boulders below launch, mostly hidden by bracken, and the site can be very rough when thermic or windy. Always seek advice if you are at all unsure of conditions. Be aware of vicious rotor behind the entire length of the Edge and always expect a strong wind gradient.

This is a demanding site and should not be flown by inexperienced pilots. There have been two very serious accidents here in recent years. The Hooks Carr launch is particularly demanding when windy.

Special Rules

PLEASE use only designated landing areas: Stanage is our most environmentally sensitive flying site! At all times remember that Stanage area and North Lees merits the highest classification by English Nature as a protected area and is inhabited by many species of wildlife – DSC members are requested not to compromise this in any way.

These guidelines for flying at Stanage Edge have been carefully and responsibly agreed with the Peak District National Park Authority by D.S.C. on YOUR behalf: please respect the wildlife, the heritage and the landscape of Stanage whenever you are within this exceptional area.

Site Officer

Denis Walker

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Parking

Overstones: Unload gliders at the end of the track just above Overstones Farm for take-off 1 (hangie take-off) and move cars immediately over the brow of the hill leading towards Sheffield.

Hook’s Carr: The main climbers’ car park, immediately below take-off 2 (main take-off).

Access

West from Castleton on A625, turn left up Winnats Pass, right at top of pass, then left to Chapel-en-le Frith. The car park is 500 yards further on the right. Ascend Mam Tor by the stepped path. For the bottom landing take the Edale road over Mam Nick, the field is half a mile past the turn for Edale village, just before some houses on the right.

Photos and Videos from the site

Site Records

Paragliding

Open Distance
Distance :	118.5km
Date :	15/06/2011
Pilot :	Ash Ghinn
Notes :
Tracklog :	 xcleague link

FAI Triangle
Distance :	27.9km
Date :	09/04/2015
Pilot :	Neil Furmidge
Notes :
Tracklog :	 xcleague link


Hang Gliding
No hang-gliding records are currently known for this site