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Location Info:

Grid Reference: NT 925 305

OS Map: Landranger 75

Wind

The best wind direction for Yeavering Bell is a northerly.

Height

Height AMSL; 361m Height; Top to bottom; 300m

Road Access

From the south take the A697 to Wooler, continue through Wooler and take the left turn on B6351 at Akeld, continue along that road for approximately 4km. There is a right hand bend in the road with a farm road on the left. Turn left onto the farm road.

Parking

Just after turning left park on the road side on the farm track. Please park considerately, do not block field entrances and ensure there is adequate access for farm vehicles.

Take Off

Walk along the farm track to the farm buildings. There is a footpath on the left just after a barn, marked by a style over the field boundary. There is a well-defined path which takes you to the top of the Bell. Take off is possible at any point on the climb above the field boundary, it is often possible to take off without walking all the way to the top, however most of this land is covered with heather and blueberry bushes. The top of the hill is a nice grassed area which makes take off easier.

Landing

Landing is possible on either side of the B6351 in the large grass fields. Please be aware of livestock in the field and try to land in fields without livestock. Side landing is possible, but the main face is quite steep. In most soarable conditions top landing is an easy option.

Flying

Yeavering Bell is a large steep hill which gives good lift in soaring conditions. There is a hill fort at the summit, which is interesting to view from above. The ridge for soaring is quite large, options for jumping to other hills for soaring are good, but neighbouring hills do take either a North West or North East wind to be at their best. The Bell is often a top up point for flights from other neighbouring hills and on cross countries from Moneylaws to the north. Cross country potential has been quite limited as rising ground over the back soon gives way to descending air coming off the Cheviot and other large hill masses. The trend has been to track East, which takes you towards Wooler and the sea air. The track to the West usually begins on other hills, calling past the Bell on route.

Hazards

Other than the steep slopes for slope landing, the obvious trees to the North East of take-off and the odd smaller tree on the main slope there are few other hazards.

Site Records

Paul Myerscough; 6.6km 9.5.2010 http://www.nhpc.org.uk/nhpc/modules.php?name=leonardo&op=show_flight&flightID=5182