Sale Fell, nr Cockermouth

  • An easy fell away from the crowds
  • An unusual and unknown valley
  • Views north to the Solway Firth

1,170 ft. It was only recently that I discovered Sale Fell but when I did I  found it a worthwhile climb. First of all with the girls in high summer and last week in the snow I took the clear and obvious circuit starting and finishing at the Pheasant Inn. Sale Fell is easy graded, interesting and pleasant with views of Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw which are very good; the girls enjoyed the ease of gaining the cairn less summit whilst Mist enjoyed roaming the vast open spaces and I enjoyed the differing views and the discovery of the elusive Wythop Valley.

Wythop valley is a geological phenomena where Skiddaw appears to be at the head of the valley with the rivers running from its slopes all the way to Cockermouth but it is a mirage due to the unusual nature of the valley – more convex than concave and forgetting the great gash of Bassenthwaite Lake. The walking on Sale Fell is good throughout, an easy first fell or a pleasant afternoon stroll when the clouds are down and the higher mountains have little appeal.

Recommend: Keep your eyes peeled for the roe deer in the Wythop Woods

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 199308. Park at the Pheasant Inn and walk up the quiet road before taking the clear fellside path after half a mile.
Height to Climb: 245ms (804 feet)
Terrain: Very good paths with easy walking throughout.
Eating & Drinking: The Pheasant Inn is now rather an upmarket, but very nice hotel. Probably an afternoon tea venue rather than many beers.
Similar Walks Nearby: Mellbreak via Crummock Water
Binsey from Bassenthwaite
Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Places to Stay:


Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite LakeIrton House Farm Cottages