21st March 2008

Ling Fell to Sale Fell via Lord's Seat


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 14.30
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Brumston Bridge - Ling Fell - Burthwaite Heights - Broom Fell - Lord's Seat - Barf - Hagg Beck - Ladies Table - Lothwaite - 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.


Route Map

Sale Fell seen from the route up Ling Fell.
A couple of things dictated today's walk, one being the forecasted high winds which meant the higher fells would be best avoided, and the other was the prospect of a quiet walk away from the bank holiday crowds. And while it did remain quite windy throughout the walk, the effect of the wind was minimal. As for the crowds; we only saw about ten other people, which is pretty good for a bank holiday.

Ling Fell summit.

Burthwaite Heights, the slightly higher grassy area on the left of the picture which was the next significant point on the route. Given that the problem we were expecting to be faced with would be crossing the waterlogged area of Wythop Moss, skirting around the edge and taking in Burthwaite Heights seemed like the obvious way to go.

Looking across to Broom Fell (the high point on the left).

The Skiddaw fells remained in view for must of today's walk, and I have to say they didn't look inviting at all. There wasn't enough snow to justify a trip into the wind, which must have made steady walking difficult to say the least.

The view back to Ling Fell and Burthwaite Heights.

Standing next to the 'large' cairn on Broom Fell and looking across to the Back of Skiddaw fells, the Skiddaw Fells themselves, and, from here at least, I think I could get away with calling them the 'in front' of Skiddaw fells. Not forgetting about the small section of Bassenthwaite Lake which can be seen in the valley.

I can't decide if this picture taken from Lord's Seat summit is level or if it's just the metal post making it look slightly off. If it isn't level it's hardly surprising considering how difficult it was to hold the camera steady.

Taken about midway between Lord's Seat and Barf you're treated to a great view across to Derwent Water, Portinscale, Keswick, the Keswick end of the central ridge and a good few of the eastern fells.

Bassenthwaite Lake, taken from Barf.


Then it got really interesting.
After leaving Barf we headed across to the woods, with the intention of simply picking up one of the forest tracks and making our way to Ladies Table. When we reached the woods we started to head down one of the "steep" rises (broad gaps between the trees), however, after about 100m the way was totally blocked by windblown and newly planted trees. The option we went for was, "lets head through the woods until we reach the next rise". This turned out to be much easier said than done. Along the way we were faced with more windblown and when we eventually reached the rise, it turned out to be on the edge of an area of recent tree felling. After a good deal of slipping, sliding, crawling under, and clambering over the fallen trees, we managed to get out of the woods to find ourselves only a short distance from the point we'd entered the forest in the first place.

A picture of the way we didn't go!

Target practice.

Quite literally out of the woods and looking back along the path we followed across to Lothwaite and Sale Fell. The pointed fell in the picture is Dodd.


Bassenthwaite Lake with Dodd on the left and a snow shower moving across towards Keswick and Derwent Water.


Almost at the end of the walk now, and one final view of Ling Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks