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An easier walk up Sale Fell for Harry
Date & start time: Wednesday 1st September 2010, 3.30 pm start.
Location of Start : St Margaret's Church, Wythop, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 192 302 )
Places visited : Wythop Church, Dodd Crag, Sale Fell, and back in a circular fashion to the car.
Walk details : 2 mls, 780 ft, 1 hr 10 mins.
Highest point : Sale Fell 1179 ft - 359 m.
Walked with : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Warm and sunny but increasing haze compared to the last few clear days.
Another shorter walk to see how Harry is coping with his recovery.
Sale is only 208th highest out of 214 Wainwright summits but it has a fine views all round that belies it's smaller stature
. . . and it has an easy path up and back.
The finger post in Wythop Village just before we parked for today's walk.
Sadly the old Wythop Mill ceased production a while back.
It was open as a tearoom and heritage centre when we first visited it twenty or so years back
but is now sadly shut and converted to a private residence.
The reason why we stopped in the centre of the village was this rather nice old building
covered in delightfully coloured ivy or more probably a Virginia Creeper.
It had road access to the Wythop Valley road side.
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The walk today started at the fell gate on the Wythop to Routenbeck road a mile or so beyond the village.
Ann and Harry.
A short distance up from the start was a delightful bench which allowed views down over the northern end of Bass Lake.
Behind is the Wythop Church, dedicated to St Margaret, which replaced the ruined one on the back of Sale Fell.
Just up from the seat and now we can see the view right across to Binsey, through this pair of old slate gate posts.
From here we continue the gradual climb to the highest point of the Kelswick path on the western end of Sale Fell.
Bethan grabs the limelight as she finds a rock on Dodd Crags to stand and enjoy the view.
Harry, not to be outdone, joins her on the rock.
Harry takes a breather on the top of Sale Fell . . . but then so did we as it was a hot afternoon.
Helvellyn in the background with the houses of Keswick just visible in the haze.
Bethan, meanwhile, sat a little further away
so she added perspective to the view of distant Ullock Pike and Skiddaw.
Looking further left, almost northerly from Sale, is the gentle slopes of Binsey
seen over the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.
The clear path descends back down to the seat where we started.
So we start and end our shorter walk with a great view of the sunshine on Binsey and Bass Lake.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . time afterwards to do a little birthday present shopping in revitalised Cockermouth.
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A previous time up here - 23rd Nov 2007 Sale Fell and a Jennings Brewery Visit
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