Sale Fell – Excellent Skiddaw Viewpoint

16 12 2018

Recently I’ve been doing Sale Fell by Bassenthwaite quite a few times. The first time I forgot my camera on a beautiful day – it was another great day the next day too so I went back again to do the fell properly – with my camera!

Both days I parked at Eskin where there was much more parking than I remember – as it was lovely weather and a weekend, this was lucky. Unfortunately, I couldn’t park my poor Sunny in the sun – I always feel sorry for my cars in winter when they never see the sun! It’s just such a cold, dark and damp country – no idea why people want to immigrate here from warmer climes, especially when they have no interest in our stupendous scenery!

As mentioned earlier, I forgot my camera the first day but it was such an enjoyable walk I didn’t mind one bit going back again the next day. I’ve also decided to make this one of my regular winter hills while the back roads are still passable. One great advantage of this fell is that the paths are good and not muddy – nor is there any bog anywhere…

There is a good tarmac road through a gate up to a farm from the parking. About 100 yards after the gate, there is a little track heads quite steeply up the side of the fell for an obvious shelf. There is the most delightful path along that shelf and, on reaching it, you head back along your route for the fell end.

When you reach the wall there is a huge selection of paths heading up for the summit. You can take in various bumps along the way – on the first day I did, on the second I missed them out.


The main summit from the almost-same height lump


Looking back to previous lump and the ascent

From the summit, where I’d brought up a few rocks and made a mini cairn because there wasn’t one, you descend straight on to a gate. There are several ways back from here. You can cut short the route on a path following the wall down without going through the gate. However, this would be a shame as there are a couple more little peaks which make a lovely promenade and much nicer walk.

The descent and these next lumps are when you get your superb views of the Skiddaw massif! I’m currently trying to choose one of my Skiddaw photos to make wallpaper for the main wall of my lounge. One consideration is that the near foreground will probably be blocked out by furniture. I’d appreciate input from my readers as to which photo they think would be the nicest lounge wallpaper please. I’ll label with numbers the ones I’m considering…


Photo no.1 – Skiddaw looms large here and don’t forget, the near foreground will be blocked out


Photo no.2


Photo no.3


Photo no.4 – foreground might be too dark on this one if not blocked


Photo no.5


Photo no.6 – the trees might be a bit messy though

And finally, an unrelated Skiddaw photo – I really like this as the houses should get blocked out and Skiddaw really dominates this one!

Votes will be much appreciated as I can’t choose!

From the ramparts of the subsidiary lumps, you can then make a steep descent to another shelf path which comes back around the fell end and back under the fell on an old leafy lane. This passes an old church ruin where a service is held once a year – now I’m local, I’d love to get to one of those services…

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12 responses

18 12 2018
tessapark1969

Nice post. I enjoyed this hill back in February.

No idea re which photo, sorry!

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

It’s a lovely hill. I’ve always gone up it quite often but, for some reason, before that trip, had never taken any photos up there!

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17 12 2018
treksandtors

Its between 3 and 4, the water is very blue in number 3 but I prefer the fact that 4 has the water running across the photo

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

Thanks – I’m fairly afraid 4 might be too dark a foreground if it shows but I do like no.3

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17 12 2018
John Bainbridge

I like 5 but they’re all lovely pics.

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

I picked 5 originally but then I decided I quite liked the ones from the first summits of Sale Fell as Skiddaw looms really dark in the background and looks dramatic. Of course, I’ll have to give a lot of thought as to whether a very dark Skiddaw will make for the best wallpaper though…

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17 12 2018
Blue Sky Scotland

You picked a lovely day for it. Not been many sunny days recently. No 5 for me.

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

Thanks Bob. It was 2 gorgeous days in a row (in fact, I think it was for around a week) – I think you had them in Scotland too going by the Scottish walking forum I read.

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16 12 2018
Jim R

I vote for #3. I like the foreground bits like the lake and shoreline. It has good contrast and features the mountain nicely.

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

Thanks Jim – I think the mountain looks great on that one – I’m not that mad on the foreground but I think a lot of it will get blocked and just the lake and main mountain should show…

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16 12 2018
mbc1955

Photo 3, I reckon

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20 12 2018
mountaincoward

Thanks – that’s quite a few votes for photo no.3

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