2nd August 2013

A short walk over Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 2:20 to 4:00pm
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with On my own
Wythop Church - Wythop Mill - Kelswick - Chapel Wood - Rivings - Sale Fell - road near 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

Wythop Church.

Binsey, seen in the distance from the road near Wythop church.

and from he same spot, looking across to Embleton.

A walk along the road brought me to Wythop Mill. Here I turned left and headed up towards Kelswick Farm.

This old building never fails to catch the eye. It reminds me of some of the houses I've seen in Norway and Iceland where grass is grown on roofs to provide extra insulation. I suspect this one is self seeded rather than man made.


The top of Lord's Seat comes into view as I approach Kelswick Farm.

Passing by Kelswick Farm.

Past the farm and I followed the short terrace like path across to the ruins of Wythop old church.

Looking back to Kelswick Farm.

These are the ruins of the old church. There isn't really much to see, it's just an interesting spot on an enjoyable walk.

It's only a short walk through Chapel Wood but it's as nice a woodland walk as you could hope to find; especially on a sunny day like this.

Out of Chapel Wood and the ground continues to rise steadily along this nice sun trap. There was quite a strong breeze blowing but it was sheltered and it still warm walking along here.

Skiddaw, Ullock Pike, Long Side and Dodd, all seen from the same place as I took the previous picture. You probably guessed that from the tree.


Time to leave the lower path and head up onto Sale Fell itself. From here you'd think the fields continue straight across and up onto the fells over there. Hidden from view between here and there is Bassenthwaite Lake.

A view across to Lord's Seat.


Looking ahead to Sale Fell summit.

Another view across to Skiddaw. In the far distance on the right, you can see the tops of Clough Head and the Dodds.

Sale Fell summit.

It's only a short walk down from the summit yet despite Sale Fell's lack of height, the views are still excellent.

Around the end of the fell and Bassenthwaite and Binsey come onto view.

And again, this time from the gateway that takes you off the fell and onto the area above the road and the church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks