7th February 2014

A short walk over Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 3pm to 4:10pm
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
Wythop Mill Road - Lothwaite - Rivings - Sale Fell - Dodd Crag - 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.


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


Okay, the shadow makes me look an odd shape, but I don't look fat do I?
"That's a strange question, why do you ask"
Well, as seen as though you're asking, according to the TV and the papers, I live in the town with the highest level of overweight and obese people in England. I'm not sure where they get the figures from, unless they stand up the road from KFC or the pizza shop and ask to weigh and measure people as they come out with a takeaway. I know I didn't walk far today but add this to the salad I've just had for tea and I reckon I'm managing to stay within the 20.1% of the population you could describe as 'slim'.

Looking down towards Embleton.
As I was locking the car and getting ready so set off a lady walked up to the car, stopped and then looked upwards with a puzzled expression on her face. "hello" we both said, , , and she just stood there. Erm, , , , I was beginning to think this is awkward. Then she said "you might want to move your car. It looks like the branch on that tree is about to fall off". Blimey, she was right, the branch was hanging off. "Thanks very much" I said, and before you knew it, the car was further up the road.
When I got back after the walk, the ladies car was still there but she was nowhere to be seen. Perhaps she's employed as the local tree inspector and she was further along the road checking for more loose branches.

A close up of Dubwath.

You have lots of options for routes around here but for no particular reason I headed onto the Lothwaite side of the fell first. Here you see Bassenthwaite and the Skiddaw fells from Lothwaite. In the distance on the right are the snow topped eastern fells.

Zooming in on The Dodds and Helvellyn; the 'snow topped eastern fells' in the previous picture.


A nice clear view of Dodd.

Sunshine and shadows.

Looking back to Lothwaite.

Sale Fell seen from Rivings.

Power generation.

The wall runs right across Sale Fell from Kelswick to the woods above Roughtonbeck. A couple of gates allow access from one side to t'other with this one being found within five minutes walk from the summit.

Sale Fell summit.

That's strange, very nice, but still strange.

On the homeward stretch now and once you get around this side of the fell the view now shows Binsey and the End of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Through the gateway and in a few minutes time I was at the car. The branch hadn't fallen yet; but I reckon it's only a matter of time.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks