11th February 2006

Sale Fell and Ling Fell


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 14.05
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1965 ft
Walking with On my own
St Margaret's Church - Lothwaite - Sale Fell - Eskin - Ling Fell - Eskin - St Margaret's Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, near Wythop Church

This litterally is parking alongside the road, with more of the car being on than off the road. There are some wider spaces in front of the church, but for instant access to the fellside below Sale Fell this is the beat spot.

Obviously parking is free along here.


Route Map

Looking back along the track around the lower section of Sale Fell towards Embleton.
The weather forecast for today was as "clear as mud" which left a lot to be desired as far as planning a walk around the impending heavy rain. So I set off with the intention of walking some of the fells near Aira Force and Dockray. As I was driving along the A66 however, the sun was shining on Sale Fell and Ling Fell, so I thought "why not". I might have expected it, but the sun stopped shining as I started walking, but at least the rain held off until I got back to the car.

Sale Fell taken from the path to Lothwaite.
There is a actually a shorter route to Sale Fell than the one I took, but the view from Lothwaite is well worth the extra walking. The wall that can be seen on Sale Fell continues down and crosses this path (with a gate). If a shorter route is wanted, turn right at the gate and follow the wall until you come to another gate, then turn right and follow the short path to the summit of Sale Fell.

Bassenthwaite Lake, Ullock Pike and Dodd taken from Lothwaite.

From the same place, looking to the other end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Sale Fell.

Ling Fell seen from Rivings.

Sale Fell.
If the shorter route I talked about earlier had been taken, I would have followed the wall in from the right of the picture and turned right at the gate which can be seen at the end of the path I'm taking this photo from.

Looking back to Rivings and Lothwaite from just below Sale Fell summit.

Ling Fell seen behind this rocky outcrop near Sale Fell summit.

Part of the corpse road which traverses the lower slopes of Ling Fell. This road was used to carry the dead from this area for burial; originally at Brigham and later at Lorton. Looking on the map at the line taken by the road, I would think it came from the old church near Kelsick. The old church is said to date back to the 14th century and its remains can still be found in Chapel Wood.

Sale Fell taken from the route up Ling Fell.

Ling Fell summit, looking in the direction of my descent.

From about half way down Ling Fell, looking across to Broom Fell and Wythop Moss.

Back on the path around Sale Fell again.

Binsey and Bassenthwaite from the area just above St Margaret's Church.

Snowdrops in St Margaret's churchyard.

and close up.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks