Date & Time: Tuesday 22nd July 2008. 2.15 pm start.

Location of Start : St Margaret's Church, Wythop, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 192 302 )

Places visited : The Church gate, the quarry, Sale Fell, the Rivings, Chapel Wood and the Old Chapel, Kelswick Farm and the traverse path back over to the start.

Walk details : 3.5 mls, 1000 ft of ascent, 2 hrs 20 mins.

Highest point : Sale Fell 1,177ft ( 359m )

Walked with : Ben, Sarah, Lily, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Mild but muggy. Low cloud down on the fells but not this one.

Parking on the roadside along from the Church


Ben in charge of the baby carrier today.
Ben and Sarah and their new baby, Lily.

Our route took us across the front of the fell and then up the valley above the Pheasant Inn and Routenbeck.

A longer way to the top but it's a gentle climb.

Like Binsey before, Skiddaw summit in the background is shrouded in low mist.

That's where Skiddaw should be and that is where the Ospreys now live after they changed nest site.

In Chapel Wood, Ann stopped for a few photos, here one of the Thistles . . .

. . . and another of the Harebells. A really nice mix of flowers here.

The ruins of the Old Chapel of St Margaret's.

Ben and Sarah read the information signboard.

The church was abandoned about 150 years ago in favour of the new one, built on the other side of the hill.

The valley of Wythop Beck.

It looks clearer out to the west.

The lambs have grown considerably over the Summer.

Kelswick Farm, a nice looking traditional property, hidden behind a big stone barn.

The House and barn are themselves hidden behind a protective screen of trees.

After the farm, our route came down the road a short way, then cut off onto the gently rising path on which I now stand.

Up and over the ridge and we are back. Once again we were looking at Bassenthwaite Lake and the A66 below.

Binsey still in the cloud, like it was at the start.


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Ben with a very expressive look.

Captions please for this one . . . .

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The baby

despite it's one slightly open eye

has just decided to fall asleep.

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Sale Fell is always a good little walk.

Ben now needs to climb Ling Fell tomorrow in order to complete his ascents of all the North Western Fells.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

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

This site best viewed with . . . a spare nappy in their bag, not ours.

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Previous walk - 20th July 2008 High Rigg in the sunshine

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