1st March 2015

Ling Fell and Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 9:20am to 12:20pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.9 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Paul Sharkey
Brumston Bridge - Eskin - Corpse Road - Ling Fell - above Burthwaite - Eskin - Brumston Bridge - Kelswick Farm - Ling Fell - Rivings - Lothwaite - above Wythop Church - west side of Sale Fell - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


After much discussion about where to start today's walk it was decided that Brumston Bridge would be a good spot. It would mean walking past the cars mid way through the walk but this was small price to pay for the options then available for the walk over / around Sale Fell.

Sale Fell seen from the Corpse Road on the side of Ling Fell.

The summit of Ling Fell was a wild place today; as I'm sure all the fell tops were. We were up quickly and then back into the shelter soon after but we agreed it would have been a battle if we'd been at height for any length of time today.


Sale Fell catches some sunshine as we make our way off Ling Fell.


A close up of Sale Fell.

We're as good as off Ling Fell now and for a brief time we had some bright sunshine to enjoy. When I say "brief", I mean it lasted no more than 30 seconds.

That's Ling Fell behind us. It looks quite a long way from here but the timings on the camera tell me this photo was taken only 45 minutes after the summit photos.

You have a few different options to get up to Sale Fell from here. Today, walking behind Kelswick Farm seemed to fit in well with our plans.

Kelswick Farm, seen here in front of Broom Fell.

Here's another picture looking back towards Ling Fell.

A walk just wouldn't be the same if Jennifer didn't walk in front of the camera although on this occasion I blame the 40mph wind which was too strong to let her stand still.
The Skiddaw fells are behind with hardly any snow left on them at all.

Wide open space between Sale Fell and Rivings. The Wythop and district kite flying association would have loved it up here today.

A view across to Lord's Seat and Broom Fell.

Jennifer often comes here on her own because she Loves Our Land.
She reaches this seat where she can Rest Awhile, and,
while she's resting, she can Dream her Dreams.


Binsey and Bassenthwaite are in view as we walk around the northern side of Sale Fell.

To my left there's a narrow path that cuts almost level across the fellside to join back up with our route further along. Despite this easy option we (Jennifer) decided to drop down towards the church. After joking that the other path was cheating she set off and we followed on behind.

Binsey and Bassenthwaite seen through the Sale Fell gateway.

And again, this time taken from a little way above the gateway.


Well that was a great little walk, with the added bonus of it staying dry. Always good at this time of year particularly when the forecast isn't exactly clear.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks