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" Routenbeck Woods towards Sale Fell "

Date & start time: Saturday 16th April 2011, 5.35 pm start.

Location of Start : The Wythop to Pheasant Inn road, Routenbeck, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 197 304 )

Places visited : Wythop Woods towards Lothwaite Fell and Sale Fell.

Walk details : 2.5 mls, 640 ft of ascent, 1 hrs 20 mins.

Highest point : No real summit today.

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

Weather : Fine, dry and sunny.


" Routenbeck Woods towards Sale Fell " at EveryTrail

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A short walk was all that was needed today because it had been a busy morning and early part of the afternoon.

Sale Fell seemed a good idea but we chose an unusual route up towards it through the Routenbeck Woods.

Mmmm . . .where shall we go today ?
Take care on the Routenbeck Road

No . . . I didn't take the corner badly, I actually parked that way.

The path up through Wythop Woods starts just down from the hamlet, or should I say, the half a dozen buildings of Routenbeck.

A gentle forest path across the fellside above the Pheasant Inn.
A tarmac track to the forestry houses in the woods.

A small collection of houses and workshops hidden in the woods.

It's marked on the map as a quarry (disused).

The forest path changes into a full blown track

as we start the first climb towards the top of Lothwaite Fell, deep in the woods.

Binsey is over there somewhere through the trees.

As we zig-zag up the forest tracks we climb, first into the sun . . .

. . .and then away from it.

The view across Bassenthwaite improves with each turn.

Here we're up on a high track above cleared forestry

and we get a beautiful, wide panorama across the lake towards Binsey.

Down below are the houses of Dubwath and the Bass Lake Sailing Club.

We take a side track towards Sale Fell . . .
. . . crossing a small stile to get out onto the open fell.

Surprisingly we were still a fair way below the summit of Lothwaite, let alone Sale Fell

but as time was pressing we decided to cut our walk short and head off around the fell rather than up it.

The sunshine made the views all the better.

The large white building in the wood in the centre of the photo is the Bassenthwaite Pheasant Inn.

We're back on familiar paths as we round the side of the fell, heading down towards St Cuthbert's Church.

The 'new' church replaced the 'old' one on the other side of Sale Fell way back in the 1850's.

The (late) Mike Saunders' Seat on the grassy knoll above the Wythop Road

gives excellent views down over the Routenbeck nature reserve and across to Bassenthwaite Lake.

That's the way back to the car . . . are you sure ? . . . yes of gorse !

We didn't make the summit today but we did have a good walk all the same.

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As we walked back the short distance to the car we were met by Marian Brett, a regular Loweswatercam viewer.

She moved to the area (Wigton to be precise) and started "Barking Mad" in North Cumbria and Dumfries, providing a dog sitting service based on a network of family homes who are prepared to look after your pets on occasions, such as holidays or when family or friends can't help out.

Read more about the "Barking Mad" service here

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While Ann was preparing supper, I popped out to the car

and captured this last view of the local fells on this delightful evening.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Canon G10 digital camera.

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

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