8th January 2010

A splendid hour and a bit on Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 13.20 to 15.05
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 4.2 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Pheasant Inn - Routenbeck - Sale Fell - Rivings - Lothwaite - north side of Sale Fell - Routenbeck - Pheasant Inn
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Pheasant Inn, Wythop

This isn't somewhere I'd normally park. On this occasion however, there was too much snow and ice on the road so the prudent thing to do was park here and follow the road towards Wythop Church


Route Map

With time at a premium and the minor roads still looking like this, I opted for a walk on Sale Fell this afternoon. It's close enough to home, almost next to a main road and has lots of options for different routes; what more could you want for a short afternoon walk at this time of year.
I usually end up walking two or three times every year on Sale Fell, so the first one this year might as well be in perfect conditions like today.

Binsey seen from the northern side of Sale Fell.

And again, from a little further around the fell.

Ling Fell in front of a low winter sun.

Looking down to Embleton, the west coast side of Cumbria, and in the far distance you can see the snow topped Scottish hills.

The lovely Wythop valley providing the foreground for a picture the Skiddaw fells, Dodd, Clough Head, the Dodds and high up on the right is Lord's Seat.

Looking up to Sale Fell summit.

The view backwards, showing Ling Fell.

Standing on Sale Fell summit and looking across to Skiddaw (straight ahead), and the eastern fells on the right hand side of the picture.


A close up of Dodd, Clough Head, Latrigg. and Great Dodd.

Another close up picture, this one showing the a selection of the northern fells.

A view back to Sale Fell.

Bassenthwaite Lake with a crust of ice covering most of the surface. Hardly surprising when you think we've had night after night or in this case week after week of hard frosts, and days when the temperature never got above freezing. This was actually on the local news last night when people were saying this was the first time anyone could remember this particular lake freezing over.
I'm not sure if this is the first time within living memory for this lake, but I can certainly remember seeing Derwent Water frozen enough for people to skate or walk across to Derwent Isle. My grandfather used to tell us about the time when Derwent Water was frozen enough to allow horse and carts to cut across from one side to the other. I don't think it's quite at that stage yet, but if this weather keeps up , , , , ,

Ling Fell and Sale Fell taken from Lothwaite.


Looking back up to Lothwaite, I took this picture just before I, , ,

, , , started to walk through the shaded side of the fell.

Looking down to Embleton, the A66 route and Setmurthy.

A close up of Dubwath and Binsey.

Heading back down the road to the car next to the Pheasant Inn.

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Lake District Walks