Date & Time: 8th March 2008. 4 pm start.

Location of Start : Above Wythop Mill, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 186 293 )

Places visited : Dodd Crag, Sale Fell, Chapel Wood, Kelswick Fm. and back.

Walk details : 2.5 mls, 750 ft of ascent, 1 hrs 30 mins.

Highest point : Sale Fell, 1777 ft ( 359m)

Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Clearing after a poor day. Windy with fast moving clouds, some sun.

Parking near the gate to Kelswick Farm



A short walk was required due to the late start following the poor morning weather.

Sale Fell, at the top end of Bassenthwaite Lake is always a good place for a view and it is convenient to get to from our part of the world.

Today's dog walk . . . sorted !

The Brumston Bridge crossing Wythop Beck just down from our parking area.

The gate to Kelswick Farm - the start of the climb
It's all up from here !

We chose the steepest climb at the start of the walk due to the damp conditions. To return (down) this way could well be tricky.

The initial climb over and the hard work done, we look across to Eskin Farm and Burthwaite Cottage nestling under Ling Crag.

The Dodds and Raise Fell over on Helvellyn's ridge, taken from Dodd Crags, part way up Sale Fell.

The buildings opposite are part of the farm associated with Wythop Hall.

Fast moving clouds allow patches of sunlight on High Rigg.
Soon after it had moved on to illuminate Clough Head.

The short grassy top of Sale Fell is not far ahead now.

Dramatic sunlight looking back towards the coast.

Ann's jacket fills with air in the breeze but the down filling means she doesn't feel it's cold bite.

Was she blown past and had to come back, it or did she just forget to touch it on her first visit to the summit cairn ?

Harry (the red nose reindeer) Retriever is close at hand in case she is blown over.

Skiddaw summit over Lothwaite.

I liked the contrast of colours between the grassy ridge and sheep close at hand, the pinks of Ullock Pike and the distant greys of Skiddaw itself.

Fast moving clouds mean the light is changing all the time. The high summit is Lords Seat above the Whinlatter forest.

The start of the path off the south eastern side of the fell to Chapel Wood below.

Ahead are Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw's Dodd, Ullock Pike and Skiddaw itself. The wooded knoll is Ladies Table as opposed to the adjacent Lord's Seat

One for Tony Richards . . . a colourful sky . . . one of his favourite types of photo.

The old coppiced trees in Chapel Wood as we make our way back.
Primroses on the bank near the old church.

All that remains of the old Wythop Church

A commemorative headstone . . .
. . . and an old photo with information about the former building.

It was a short walk back along the bridle path, past Kelswick Farm to the car, in the woods beyond the field ahead.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G7 or Ann's Ixus Digital cameras.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . the luxury of a Rab Down Jacket in the cold breeze.

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Previous walk - 4th March 2008 Hen Comb in the snow

A previous time up here - 23rd Nov 2007 Sale Fell and a Jennings Brewery Visit