Situated at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake, and the most northern of Wainwright's North Western Fells, Sale Fell has quite a commanding prospect along the valley to Cockermouth as Castle How, the ancient fort site now beside the busy A66, would lay testament to. The stunning views from this modest fell are worthy of the effort.
Whilst we give you separate walks to Sale Fell and its near neighbour Ling Fell the two could be walked in one hit, so to speak. A small parking area at Brumston Bridge, centrally, being the key.
There are a few spaces along the verge between the hamlet of Routenbeck and the church nearing the top of the rise at the end of the footpath on to the fell.
If you need accommodation we have details of 11 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Go through the gate and take the footpath slanting up the fellside through gorse to the strategically placed bench. Turn left to continue climbing to a gap in the wall. Go through the gap, look up to the crags above you you'll notice there's a cross, bear left to follow the wide path traversing the fellside at a reasonable gradient. Stay on the path as it bears right to join alongside a beck. Continue to the wall and gate.
Do not go through the gate, but turn right. Those with a surfeit of energy at this point could take the more direct route up grass following the well marked worn path veering away from the wall or you could follow the wall for a bit to reach a wide path coming from Lothwaite. The masochists' path gradually deteriorates to little more than sheep trod width as walkers realise the mistake they have made and spread out. The reward though is early access to the expanding views. Also on one of the little knolls here about is a memorial to, presumably, a faithful friend "Taz".
Continuing on faint paths bear left to the highest ground. There is no welcoming cairn, or OS trig point.
From the summit area, bear south west, towards Ling Fell, to gain one of the paths along the ridge down to Dodd Crag. Where the path splits, it doesn't greatly matter which is taken but the left branch has views overlooking Kelswick and Eskin.
Reaching the wall bear right, follow the path as it bears right away from the wall to head back towards the bench. At the lowest point of the path, before it climbs again, bear left and drop down to the bench.
Continue down through the gorse to the road.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Ling Fell||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|Graystones, Broom Fell, and Lord's Seat||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|A short walk to Spout Force||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|Barf, Lord's Seat, Ullister Hill and Seat How||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|Skiddaw - Dodd||4.8km (3.0 miles) away|
|Ullock Pike, Longside Edge, Carl Side||4.8km (3.0 miles) away|
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