Following are details of the spectator areas for the Rally. Parking will be by pre-purchased tickets – this gives us the ability to adhere to the capacity of some of the car parks. See details following.
Tickets are on sale now at £10.00 per car and can be bought by going to
or by going to www.ticketsource.co.uk and searching “Malcolm Wilson rally” or any part of that.
You will need to download the ticket to your phone (or print it off!) Choose either Whinlatter or Grizedale. You will not be able to pay on the day but as you enter the car park you will be given a programme – one per car.
When all the spaces at Whinlatter are sold we would recommend parking in the old loop road on the A66 opposite the entrance to the Pass. A free shuttle bus will run from here to the Visitor Centre from 17.00 to 23.00 (or earlier if everyone is delivered back to their cars). This will ease congestion in the pass as it needs to be kept clear for emergency vehicle and local traffic access. See Whinlatter map !
Please be in position half an hour before first car due time.
Friday 8th March 2024
SS1 Comb & SS2 Hobcarton
The Visitor Centre on Whinlatter Pass is the car park for Comb and Hobcarton. There has been considerable clearance work taking place in Comb and therefore some sections of the forest are unavailable. Please stick to the designated areas. Torches are recommended on the night stages.
Follow the Glowstick pathways from the car park to the viewing areas and follow the directions of the marshals.
There are two locations : Post 5 is a hairpin, Post 2 means a short walk in from the Pass road. There will be a mobile Café Ambio kiosk selling food and drink and will be situated at Junction 5.
For Hobcarton you will have a short walk across the road to Revelin Moss which is a really good junction for viewing.
Toilets are available within the visitor centre buildings.
Saturday 9th March
We have previously offered parking on the old A66 road but we are using this for competitor access so don’t want the road blocking by spectators. There is a very small amount of parking in the Bus Turning Circle and on the road to the west . Access to the spectator area is via a very steep path – be careful! Not recommended for anyone with heart or breathing issues.
SS4 & 7 Greystoke.
PLEASE NOTE that this is a NO SPECTATOR stage this year, the owners of the property have allowed the use on the condition that spectators are not allowed. Apologies for your disappointment but PLEASE DO NOT attempt to access this stage.
Last year several inconsiderate people decided to trespass over farmers’ land, damaging their walls and when approached they were intimidating and rude to the owners. If this should happen again it is likely that the event will not be allowed the use of this stage. We have undertaken to make good the damage done to keep the peace and agreed that any trespassers can be prosecuted and also charged with criminal damage if appropriate.
Our continued use of this stage depends on spectators going elsewhere and we have added more locations where you will be catered for.
SS5 Grizedale South
Machells Coppice has been used for access to Scissors crossroads at Point 4 on this stage. A really good spot to watch as you can see the cars going both ways, however it is a bit of an uphill hike of about a mile to access the spectator area.
SS6 Grizedale North
There are six spectator areas to choose from.
High Cross at the north of the forest provides access to three spectator points at point 22, 23 and 24 and parking is ample.
Moor Top provides access to two points and will be the best for wheelchair access.
Machells Coppice can be used as above for Scissors at point 6 on this stage (see above)
Please leave animals and small children at home, take plenty of warm clothing and hot drinks. Obey the marshal’s instructions and stay within the designated areas. These have been planned with your safety in mind and wandering from these areas could cause stage stoppages and ultimately cancellation. If a car leaves the track near you follow the marshals’ commands – we don’t want you to be hurt attempting a rescue.
The Malcolm Wilson Rally follows the guidelines of the motor sport governing body Motorsport UK for sustainability and the march to carbon neutrality.
Committee meetings are not held face to face but use technology to meet on line saving the use of fossil fuels and unnecessary printing. Communication with each other and with competitors is also on line, as is the entry system, the results system and the event banking. Spectators can purchase their parking ticket on line, saving the use of paper and postage. Event signage and equipment that is required is available for the organising clubs to use for other events and is used annually. The event works with Forestry England to promote the event, taking care of the environment and using spill kits to prevent any pollution entering the water course.
Rally HQ is powered by solar panels which contribute excess electricity to the national grid.Some rally cars are built to use synthetic fuels, bio fuels and there are even hybrid cars involved in the sport.