22nd January 2016

A short walk over Sale Fell

Time 2 to 3:15pm
Duration 1 hr 15 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 900 ft give or take a little bit
Walking with On my own
road near Wythop Church - Sale Fell - Rivings - Chapel Wood - Wythop old church (ruin) - Kelswick - below Dodd Crag - road near Wythop Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside parking, near Wythop Church

This literally 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 best spot.

Obviously parking is free along here.

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


Strange things us humans aren't we. At some point way back in the mists of time a very clever bloke thought it would be a good idea to start calling this time of year Winter. And, as if that wasn't clever enough, someone else invented the month of January (I think it was the other blokes brother but I can't actually prove that). Anyway: once the people in charge told the rest of us we had to start using seasons and months, everyone at the bottom of the ladder of importance; (that's mine and your ancestors), started to notice the day's getting longer towards the end of January. Yet, and here's the strange bit, despite this going on for hundreds and hundreds of years we always seem surprised because it's still daylight at teatime.

So, to cut a very long history lesson short, that's why I'm here today, because that little bit of extra daylight has allowed me to get out for a short walk after work. Plus the fact that the sun is shining, but that's a completely different thing which I don't really have time to explain.


As I make my way up the fellside I can't help but wonder if this really is the same day as this morning. The rain was so heavy when I pulled up at work I had to question whether keeping the wheels of industry turning in the right direction was worth getting soaked to the skin for. Probably not to be honest but, ten minutes after trying to talk myself into opening the car door it briefly eased off enough for me to make a dash for it. And now, after a morning filled with "isn't the weather crap" conversations, I'm out enjoying some blue sky and brightness.

Looking across to Lord's Seat and Broom Fell

Heading towards Sale Fell summit.

And before I could say "it isn't half windy" and "it would be a great afternoon to fly a kite", I was standing at the top of Sale Fell and looking across to the Skiddaw and the Ullock Pike ridge where I was last Sunday.


After leaving Rivings it was decision time and today, for no particular reason, I opted to head down to the Chapel Wood side of the fell.
Here I'm looking across to Lord's Seat and Broom Fell again.


Chapel Wood was filled with winter sunshine as I walked along it's muddy track this afternoon. And, despite the windy conditions up on the top of Sale Fell, the woods themselves were silent and the trees were as still as they would be on a completely windless day. Very peaceful indeed..

Once out of the woods I follow the terrace like path to Kelswick farm. Meanwhile, over on the opposite side of the valley I can hear what I assume is a farmer shouting at his dogs, , , , actually he could have been shouting at his cat, his kids or his wife; I dunno. Whoever it was he wasn't half killing the peace and quiet.

To finish, here a picture of the lovely Wythop Valley.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks