20th April 2012

An afternoon on Sale Fell

Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.05
Duration 2 hr 5 min
Distance 4.7 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Brumston Bridge - Kelswick Farm - Chapel Wood - Lothwaite - Rivings - Sale Fell - Wythop church - Wythop Mill - Brumston Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Brumston Bridge, Wythop

The two fells of Ling Fell and Sale Fell are quite often walked as a pair and although they can be done from a few different places. This spot offers a convenient starting point whichever one you decide to walk first. The other good side to starting here is that you're never too far away from the car. If the weather was to take a turn for the worse, you could easily abandon the walk and get back to the car in no time at all.


Route Map

I was at work this morning and Jennifer was off all day, so after getting home, getting changed and getting Jennifer into the car, we headed out for a short walk on Sale Fell.

Kelswick Farm.

This terrace like path leads you from Kelswick Farm to Chapel Wood.

Just before we entered Chapel Wood we passed by the remains of the old church. There's not a great deal to see, but it is a nice slice of history and I always find this type of thing interesting.


Useful info.   This is a photo of the old church. The church was pulled down in 1865 when St Margaret's church was built on the other side of the fell.

Walking through Chapel Wood.


A close up of Dodd.

A look across the nice quiet Wythop valley. The high fell on the left is Broom Fell.

There are three types of walk in my opinion; up on the higher fells, lower level valley walks and then there are walks like this one where you gain a little height but actually spend most of the walk among countryside like this. It's on walks like this one that you tend to get the 'nicer' views, albeit somewhat less spectacular or dramatic than those you get on the high fells.
Whatever your view of what makes a good view, this is definitely a lovely walk around the southern side of Sale Fell.

Looking across to the Skiddaw fells and Bassenthwaite Lake.

a little further round to the left and you see the Uldale fells and the northern end of the lake.

And now a close up of the Uldale fells.

A short walk takes you from Rivings across to Sale Fell summit.

The gate below the summit offers a good foreground for a long distance picture of the Skiddaw fells.

Sunshine and shadows.

Black clouds threatened overhead as we descended from Sale Fell.

Rain never turned up so we too a slightly longer route back to the car via the church and Wythop Mill.

Inside the new church.

and out side of it.

Looking across to Embleton.

It's not far from the church to Wythop Mill and along the way I took this picture looking towards Binsey.

This is Wythop Mill with Ling Fell behind. We took the turning on the left, just before you get to the big house you can see.

There was no hurry today and we spent almost two hours dawdling and strolling our way round. This narrow road takes you back to Brumston bridge and our car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks