A short walk on Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 11.20 to 3.20
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 1222 ft
Walking with On my own
Nr Wythop Church - Lothwaite - Chapel Wood - Kelswick - Sale Fell - Nr Wythop 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

Dubwath; a tiny hamlet found at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.
I only had time to do a short walk today, so I opted for this great little fell which has so many possibilities for routes, both on path and off path. Admittedly this on a very small scale, but the theory goes like this: there are actually a few decent paths which, if linked together take you right around the side of the fell, so regardless of which direction I walk (off path) sooner or later I'll reach a path that I'm familiar with.

Crossing the small unnamed beck on route to Lothwaite.

Sale Fell seen from Lothwaite.
The wall running into the picture from the right is the higher section of the wall in the previous photo. Stating the obvious I know, but if I'd followed the path beside the wall instead of taking the route I did, it would have taken me to the gate which is only about five minutes walk to the summit.

The forecast was for conditions to improve as the day went along and for once they actually got is right. So after a quick look at the time and a think about how long it would add onto the walk I decided to venture down to the path on the Chapel Wood side of the fell. This was a good decision as it turned out; the walk through the woods was done in warm sunshine, the colours were lovely and it was a real pleasure to be out on such a day. It was just a pity I had to get home.
I suppose that's the downside to living here. The fells are always beckoning, but occasionally real life gets in the way.


As I looked back along the path leading to Chapel Wood I could see the Skiddaw fells were almost clear of cloud now and that little speck of blue sky I'd seen on Lothwaite was getting bigger by the minute. One half of me was wishing I was on the high fells and the other half wasn't quite so sure, as this really is a lovely spot. A walk in the countryside rather than a walk on the fells, so to speak.

Three picture taken in Chapel Wood.



The remains of Wythop Old Church
The church is said to date back to the 14th century, but the earliest evidence of its existence dates it to the reign of Queen Mary (1553 - 58). The church was demolished in 1865 when the new church was built, although every year during August an open air service is held by the remains of the old church.

After passing the old church I headed to Kelswick Farm, seen here, where I then followed the quick route to the summit of Sale Fell.


A close up of Dubwath, Binsey and the end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

And not so close up.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks