26th January 2013

Sale Fell and Ling Fell

 

Walk Overview
Details
Time 10.00 to 13.20
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Route
Wythop Church - Sale Fell - Rivings - Chapel Wood - Kelswick - Brumston Bridge - Corpse Road - Ling Fell - Wythop Mill - 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
 
 
Photos

There was a cold breeze blowing across here when we set out this morning. That's no big deal, we can just put another layer on, and walking up here keeps you warm anyway. This is more than could be said for one of the group on the path down there. It's hard to believe the stupidity of some folk but incredibly, they were pushing a baby up here in a pram.

Looking in a similar direction to the previous photo. This one taken a little further around the side of the fell.

 

The snow on the ground must have half melted into a rippled line of slush and then refroze. This must have happened yesterday and last night as we were the first ones to crack the thin crust and leave a line of footptints.

Not far from the top of Sale Fell summit and looking across to Ling Fell.

At Sale Fell summit.

Down at the gate, and what a difference on this side of the wall. In some places there was hardly a covering of snow at all, yet over here the drifts were almost to the top of the wall. There's no doubts about which way the wind was blowing yesterday.

That's Binsey over there in the distance.


A view back to Sale Fell, taken from the minor top of Rivings.

From Rivings we followed the diagonal path down to the Chapel Wood side of Sale Fell. The higher Skiddaw fells are all under cloud so the easiest one to spot was Dodd; the pointed one towards the right of the photo.

From Rivings we followed the diagonal path down to the Chapel Wood side of Sale Fell. The higher Skiddaw fells are all under cloud so the easiest one to spot was Dodd; the pointed one towards the right of the photo.

It was lovely walking through Chapel Wood with the sun shining and snow on the ground. Unfortunately the snow isn't set to last. A quick thaw is forecast and I suspect at this very moment while I'm tapping away on the keyboard (5 hours after taking the picture) there's a lot less snow and a lot more mud on the ground. It's a shame but it was nice while it lasted.

As you leave Chapel Wood you pass by the remains of the original Wythop Church. This church is thought to date back to the 14th or 16th century and was in use until the 1860's. The new church found on the other side of Sale Fell was consecrated on July 31st 1866.

Heading towards Kelswick Farm.

After a short walk across Brumston Bridge and past Eskin you find yourself on Ling Fell.

 

Ling Fell summit looking towards Sale Fell (left), the Skiddaw fells behind and Dodd, just to the right of the trig column.

Now looking around towards Broom Fell.

and finally, a view across to Binsey, the end of Bassenthwaite Lake and Sale Fell.

A wintry view across Wythop Moss to Broom Fell.

Water running down each side of the track shows the snow is melting fast. It didn't matter where we walked it was impossible to avoid that slushy splash, splash, splash.

Wythop Mill.



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Lake District Walks