Map:

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Site Status:

This site is Open


Location Info:

Grid Reference :: NT 326218
OS Landranger :: 73; Peebles, Galashiels and Selkirk
Latitude :: 55.48530
Longitude :: -3.06810


Wind

Direction :: S, SE; 110 - 190degs
Best Direction :: S


Height

ASL :: 1655ft, 505m
Top to Bottom :: 835ft, 250m


Road Access

B7009 Selkirk to Eskdalemuir road via Ettrick Bridge. Black Knowe Head lies approximately 12 miles west of Selkirk and 3 miles east of the Tushielaw Inn and is approximately 1/2 mile west of Gilmanscleugh Farm.


Parking:

GridReference : NT327210

Park along the track at the base of the hill, entrance is thorugh the gate on the bend off the B7009. Do not obstruct the track or gateway


Take-Off:

GridReference : NT 328216

Walk directly up the nose or face of the hill from the track depending on wind direction. This is a large hill with multiple take off options


Landing:

GridReference : NT 329211

The preferred bottom landing is at the base of the hill close to the track on the hill side of the B7009. If landing out across the road avoid any fields with livestock. Beware of possible rotor if landing behind the tree plantations.


Flying:

Large site with possibility of soaring west along the ridge in dynamic lift of going XC into the Yarrow or Tweed Valleys and beyond. It is also possible to fly XC down the Ettrick Valley to Selkirk. This site has been used for competitions in the past.


Hazards:

In unstable weather conditions clouds can over-develop rapidly making the bottom landing area challenging for low airtime pilots due to release of multiple thermals. In these conditions DO NOT land close to tree plantations but ensure you land either on the hill side of the track or in fields across the B7009


Notes:

Please seek permission before using this site, check with Wingbeat using the contact details on the website.

DO NOT land in any fields with stock or grass being grown for hay or silage.

DO NOT use during lambing season - late March to late May.

Park sensibly and DO NOT block any gateways or tracks.