30th May 2008

A short afternoon walk on Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 14.10 to 15.40
Duration 1hr 30 min
Distance 3.4 mil
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Wythop Mill Road - Kelswick - Chapel Wood - Rivings - Sale Fell - Wythop Mill Road
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

Embleton, seen here on the opposite side of the valley from Sale Fell.

It was only a short walk today, but this is somewhere I've enjoyed visiting time and time again over the years, and for a modest fell like this you'll find a surprisingly large number of different routes on offer, both on and off path. This is one of those places where, once you get to know you're way around, the best thing to do is explore; keeping in mind that you're never far from somewhere you're familiar with.

After walking around the western edge of the fell I headed down towards Kelswick Farm where you get some nice views of this large, but almost hidden valley.

And Kelswick farm itself, hidden behind behind trees.



Looking back along the terrace like path I was following from Kelswick Farm to Chapel Wood.

The site of Wythop old church.


Walking through Chapel Wood was lovely this afternoon. There was no wind, the sun kept showing its face and I had the place to myself; just great.

And a little further through the woods.

Trees framed by trees.

Once you leave the woods the views towards the Skiddaw fells really open up. The obvious one to point out here is Dodd, on the left.

Once I'd started to gain a little height on the way up to Sale Fell the view becomes even better.

Sale Fell summit looking across to Lord's Seat and Broom Fell.

Just past Sale Fell summit and looking down to Embleton.

Blue sky above Sale Fell summit.

From the end of the short ridge I returned to the car by the same path I'd used at the beginning of the walk, and while it was bright enough along here, I could tell by the black clouds behind me that I'd timed it just right.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks