22nd July 2014

An evening on Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 5:30 to 7:10pm
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with Kayleigh and Helen
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 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


The summer continues, the lovely weather continues and so do our series of evening walks. This evening we ventured a little further from our place of work and drove around for an excursion on Sale Fell. It's only small in height and the walks are generally short in distance, but the enjoyment if offers to those in search of some time outdoors is huge.

There are a few different routes you can take to get to the top, on this occasion we walked through the gateless gateway to reach the west side of the fell before heading straight up to the summit.

I don't suppose there's much power generation going on over there tonight.

A view back down the path to Binsey and Bassenthwaite Lake.

As we round the end of the fell, Ling Fell comes into view, along with Widow Hause and Greystones on the far skyline.


The views are often spoiled at this time of year by hazy conditions which is a shame really. This evening however, we were able to pick out details on the furthest fells that were visible to us.

Heading up to Sale Fell summit. "See, if you walk in front, you end up getting caught on camera"

Sale Fell summit in front of the northern fells. Ah, so that's the tree felling that Jennifer was telling me about. I've no idea how big of an area they're felling, but if they remove the whole lot it should open up some good walking opportunities.

A view across to Dodd on the left, Lord's Seat on the right and Keswick / the eastern fells in the distance.


Here we have a close up of the newly cropped fellside in front of Binsey.

To include Chapel Wood in the walk, we follow the diagonal path down the side of the fell. This takes into Wythop Valley; a lovely quiet spot if ever there was one.

Looking across to Lord's Seat and Broom Fell over on the other side of the valley.


Chapel Wood was lovely this evening, ever so slightly cooler than it was out in the open but still very warm. The insects seemed to be enjoying the hot conditions as much as we were.


The ruins of Wythop old church are passed straight after leaving the woods.

The back of Kelswick Farm.

This is Wythop Valley; one of Lakeland's lesser visited places. It's often viewed from Lord's Seat and Broom Fell but it's only when you get down here that you really see how nice it is.

That's almost it for today as we now head back down towards Wythop Church and the car. Yet again the weather has been on our side and we've been able to enjoy another summer evening walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks