Sale Fell Circular Walk (approx. 4 miles)

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Map: OL4 The English Lakes: North-Western Area
Start: NY 202 308 – Lay-by on minor road west of A66 (leave A66 following sign for Pheasant Inn).
Route: Although Sale Fell is less than 1200 feet in height, this route includes a few steep sections. Most of the route follows well made tracks and clear paths - there is a section where the path is very narrow with gorse bushes on either side (we were glad that we were wearing long trousers, rather than shorts).
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers).
More info:

route profile
  • The Pheasant Inn is close to the end of the route
  • Bassenthwaite Lake Station a Café in a restored railway station with a full size replica steam train on the former Cockermouth to Keswick line - just a short distance from the route<./li>

Layby on minor road west of A66 From the layby walk east along the one-way section of road for about 130 metres ...
path leaving the road ... to follow the footpath sign on the right.
crossing forest track in Wythop Woods After about 250 metres the path crosses a wide forest track to take the narrow path opposite (pictured).
forest track in Wythop Woods At the next junction with the forest track turn left to follow the track for a short distance ...
forest track in Wythop Woods ... to where the footpath marker indicates the path to follow on the right.
forest track in Wythop Woods At the next junction with the track follow it up hill round a hairpin bend ...
forest track in Wythop Woods … and then round another hairpin.
forest track in Wythop Woods Where the main forset track takes a third sharp turn to the right follow the narrower track that bears left ...
forest track in Wythop Woods This track provides a short respite to climbing and there are also glimpses of Skiddaw through the trees.
gate leading to open fell About a third of a mile from the last junction of tracks go through the gate ahead ...
Sale Fell Pause to admire the views south east to ...
view to southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake … the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Sale Fell After following the path at the edge of the open fell for about a quarter of a mile take the narrow path that leads off to the right (this path has prickly gorse bushes on either side - expect to be scratched)!
Sale Fell After surviving the path through the gorse the path becomes less steep and heads in a general westerly direction, crossing other grassy paths.
Sale Fell - view of the path the summit This is a view of the path the summit, with a couple of people admiring the view from the top.
Sale Fell Go through the gate ahead to reach the top. There's no cairn at the summit, but there are views across the Solway Firth to Scotland (unfortunately on the day we walked, these were too misty to show up on a photograph).
From the summit take the clear, grassy path heading south west, then west.
Sale Fell The path turns to the north and follows a stone wall ...
Sale Fell … before heading north west. Walk through a gateway in the stone wall and continue downhill to ...
leaving Sale Fell ... a gate leading on to a minor road. Turn right.
minor road north of Sale Fell Follow the road for about a third of a mile.
minor road north of Sale Fell You could follow this track on the right to rejoin the outward route - but we decided to continue along the road ...
junction of roads near Pheasant Inn .. to this T junction. Turn right in front of the Pheasant Inn, then ...
junction of roads near Pheasant Inn ... right again. Follow the road back to the start.

All text and images © Graham Dean, July 2023.

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