Sale Fell - Route One

 

Start - St. Margaret's Church NY 190 301 Distance - 1.2 miles Ascent - 730 feet Time - 50 minutes


Although a path rises by the church it is more usual to begin the ascent from this handgate located about 150 yards east of the church at NY 191 302  where there is more opportunity to park on the wider verge. Times and distances are taken from this point
Binsey and Bassenthwaite Lake
The track rises between gorse shrubs to an open grass slope and a rustic seat from where there is a fine view of Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey  
St. Margaret's Church
St. Margaret's Church from the seat
Onwards from the seat the track climbs towards a pair of redundant gateposts to join another track.  That one makes a complete circuit of the fell giving a delightful walk with excellent views  
Looking back from the gateposts, the seat can be seen on the grass shoulder above the left post
The track rises to run alongside a wall
Looking back to the head of Bassenthwaite Lake from the climb to the wall 
Where the track crosses the end of the ridge and begins to descend another path leads off it to begin a gradual climb up the west ridge  
Looking across to Ling Fell from the start of the climb up west ridge
The path soon divides to avoid rock outcrops.  It doesn't matter which one is chosen, the left fork probably being the more direct option
The lower section of the west ridge
Looking down the lower section
A little higher on the ridge
About halfway up the ridge the other branch of the path joins from the right. Two walkers can be seen on the top of the ridge
Looking down the west ridge from near its top
Approaching the top of the west ridge
The summit lies a short distance away from the top of the west ridge across a shallow depression
Looking north east from the summit to the Uldale fells
Skiddaw from the summit
Skiddaw above the Ullock Pike ~ Long Side ridge with Dodd on the right
A long line of the eastern fells from Clough Head to Dollywaggon Pike form the horizon to the south-east
Lord's Seat across the Wythop Valley
Lord's Seat across the Wythop Valley
Broom Fell
Broom Fell, the summit of Grisedale Pike just visible to its left
Graystones
Graystones across the wide expanse of Wythop Moss
Ling Fell
Ling Fell to the south-west, the Loweswater fells form the left skyline
The coastal strip of West Cumbria over the top of the west ridge
Scotland across the Solway Firth, the Galloway hills left and Criffel centre 
Binsey
And lastly Binsey standing isolated from the rest of the northern fells

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