Gill Head Farm nr Keswick (Back-Up Site)


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Launch Site Address

Gill Head Farm, Troutbeck
CA11 0ST

Gill Head Farm nr Keswick (Back-Up Site)


One of our back-up launch sites, your flight may be moved here on the day.

This working hill farm nestled in the village of Troutbeck, just a stone’s throw from Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere, is the perfect starting point for a hot air balloon ride over the Lake District National Park.

In the basket you’ll rise skywards, soaking up the lavish greenery of the beautiful Cumbrian countryside filled by exquisite scenery, lakeshores and fell tops.

The nearest town is the attractive Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater, framed by peaks and crags the market town was first recorded in the 13th century as Kesewic, meaning ‘farm where cheese is made’. Still now, an abundance of farmers gather at the Saturday market in front of Moot Hall to sell their goods, maybe you’ll see them from the sky.

A north westerly wind will take you towards the Ullswater valley, where lies the second biggest lake in the district. Ullswater’s ribbon like form stretches for nearly nine miles and is home to the famous Ullswater Steamers, an award winning environmental accredited lake cruise attraction who have been in operation for over 150 years.

Whichever way the wind blows The Lakes look just as enchanting, their sheer beauty was enough to inspire the writings of 19th Century poet William Wordsworth, how will they inspire you?


From the A66 to Keswick, you will reach the Troutbeck Hotel T-junction, take the A5091 signposted Ullswater, after 100 yards turn right for Gill Head.

When arriving at the site passengers should drive through the rear entrance turning left at the farm past the toilet block, you’ll find the balloon crew in the field. Please arrive and leave considerately and quietly.

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Please call 01388 217808 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Your Pilot Will Be:

Ben Raven

Look forward to... floating on air exceptional views breath-taking heights going with the wind the world at your feet