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" Sale Fell and Lothwaite "
Date & start time: Sunday 9 th August 2014, 4 pm start.
Location of Start : Adj the farm gate, Kelsick Farm, Wythop, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 185 293 )
Places visited : Sale Fell, the Rivings, Lothwaite, Chapel Woods and back.
Walk details : 3.1 mls, 750 feet of ascent, 2 hours.
Highest point : Sale Fell, 1,177ft - 359m.
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, a warm breeze on top.
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A relatively local walk today to exercise ourselves and the dogs.
We regard it as a walk we do quite often but looking back it has been over a year since we were on the top of Sale fell.
. . . obviously time flies when you are enjoying yourself !
Parking was on the roadside at Brumstone Bridge, just short of the gate to Kelsick Farm.
The bonus of a steep climb is a fast improving and widening view of the surroundings.
That's Eskin Farm opposite with Ling Fell on the right.
Ahead the slope of Sale Fell continues on . . . the distinctive white quartz of Dodd Crag showing well today.
Let's put that into proper perspective . . .
Here they are up on the same Dodd Crag a few minutes later . . . there's a breeze but a warm one up here.
Sale Fell is covered in moorland grass up here . . .
and there are footpaths going in all directions across the undulating top.
Ann sits on the summit to enjoy the view south towards Keswick and the distant Helvellyn range.
The photo was taken from the adjacent secondary summit as it shows more of the Cockermouth and Solway views
that we had enjoyed on the way up.
There's no rush today and the weather is beautiful, so we walk slowly down and across towards Lothwaite Hill.
As we walk, the summer clouds cast lovely light and shade on the fells around.
Here the heather covered Ullock Pike stands clear of the darker Skiddaw in the distance.
To our left are the Back o'Skiddaw fells away to the north.
There is a lot of forest clearance on the Routenbeck end of the fell and a few paths there are currently closed to walkers.
Maybe "rain stopped play" just as they reached the summit.
As they haven't finished yet we must presume the rest of the trees will be for the chop as time progresses.
Ling on Sale . . . no you can't buy it, it is part of the wild mountain scenery and must not be picked.
Reaching the small un-named cairn on the Rivings, part way over to Lothwaite Hill.
An adjacent fell to our right is known as Lord's Seat . . . the thick wooded top heer goes by the name of Ladies Table.
Feel free to indulge a little further in the view yourselves.
Below is Bassenthwaite, the only "Lake" in the Lake District . . . all the others are known as 'meres' or 'waters'
a useful piece of information if you ever get to play pub quizzes or Trivial Pursuits.
Time to sit and enjoy the view one last time at Lothwaite summit before we launch ourselves over the edge . . .
Ahead is the small St Bega's Church and Mirehouse.
Over the edge wasn't that steep really . . . as we make our way down to the lower path to start our return.
Looking down on the Wythop Beck Valley as we skirt around the southern side of Sale Fell.
Into Chapel Woods . . . a traditional oak woodland with beautiful light and shade as the bright sun lightens the way.
The gated track leads us out to the old chapel of Chapel Woods.
That was the best equivalent shot from the same spot as this old 1865 photo was taken.
Sadly the information on the plaque is virtually illegible, faded by exposure to the elements over the years.
The track now leads out to Kelsick Farm nestling under the slopes of Dodd Crags and Sale Fell.
Now the new slate name plate on the other side of the gate says Kelsick Farm
but I'll leave you to work out the true meaning of the one on this side.
It is the end of the walk now . . . so I gues it could be time to say "Toodle-oo" ?
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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Nikon P520 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . plenty of ling (heather) in view.
Previous walk - 7th August 2014 - A Devoke Water Round
A previous time up here - 28th November 2012 Local and Sale Fell
Next walk - 12th August 2014 - Bowness Knott in Ennerdale