25th December 2014

Christmas Day on Sale Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10:30am to 12:30pm
Duration 2 hr
Distance 3.9 mile
Ascent 800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Road near Wythop Church - Kelswick - Chapel Wood - Rivings - Sale Fell - Wythop Church - road near Wythop Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre

This literally 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


We set off walking at half past ten this morning and while this isn't unheard of, a slightly later start was not our fault today. The fella with the red coat and white beard left gifts for us to open this morning and that took up a bit of time. Brilliant, it's the most recent in an ever lengthening line of Christmas mornings when I've woke to find I had indeed been considered well behaved enough for him to pay me a visit.
Notice the cars down there. I rarely come here to find the place deserted but I've never seen it this busy before. Sale Fell must be a popular choice for a short walk on Christmas Day because when we got back there were 18 cars parked alongside the road.


The wet bit at the top is Bassenthwaite Lake and wet bit in front of the buildings are flooded fields near Dubwath.

As we walk over the western end of Sale Fell we look across to Ling Fell and, to the left of that is Graystones and Widow Hause.

Wythop Valley stretches ahead of us below Broom Fell and Lord's Seat.

It's December 25th and Jennifer models the 2014 must have Christmas hat.
"There was one in the shop that looked like a Christmas pudding. I almost bought one for you"
"What ya try'n t' say like"
"Nowt, I just thought a Christmas pudding would suit ya"

The back of Kelswick Farm.

and the front.

In case you arrive here and wonder what this ruin is, , , ,

, , , two signs leave you in now doubt.

Walking through Chapel Wood.

Yes, it was very muddy through here today.


The further into the walk we got, the lower the cloud dropped on Lord's Seat and Broom Fell.

Zooming in a little on Dodd.


Ling Fell seen from Rivings. Here comes the rain.

and also Sale Fell, seen from the sale place.

Sale Fell summit. The rain caught up with us here and fell for the remainder of the walk.

Wythop Church.

Once out of the December chill, all was nice a warm inside the church. As we had muddy boots on it seemed wrong to walk any further down the church than this.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks