Lake District Walks
Date: 14th October 2007
Distance: 4.1 miles
Ascent: 1164 feet
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: NY436192
A lovely little walk on to Sale Fell in the north west of the Lake District with some great views of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Route Summary: Pheasant Inn - Routenbeck - Dodd Crag - Sale Fell - Rivings - Lothwaite - Wythop Woods - Pheasant Inn.
1. Binsey and the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake
2. Dodd Crag
3. Above Dodd Crag looking towards Ling Fell
4. The top of Sale Fell looking towards Skiddaw
6. Sale Fell from Lothwaite
7. Bassenthwaite Lake from Lothwaite
8. Sunlight in Wythop Woods
9. Wythop Woods
Walk Detail: At last, after an absence of nearly 3 months, I was back in the Lake District!! Not only that, I was there for a full week. The plan for the week was, weather permitting, to start off slowly and build up. However so negative was I about the fitness of my left knee that I did not even think it would manage this simple, straightforward fell walk.
The weather was just right and I was even able to unzip the lower legs of my trousers and wear them as shorts. There was some kind of cross country horse event going on and it was the first time I was passed by a rider on a fell.
Having been starved of Lakeland for two months I thoroughly enjoyed this walk, much more than I expected to. While the summit was most pleasant the highlight was undoubtedly the subsidiary top of Lothwaite with its excellent view of Bassenthwaite Lake backed by the Skiddaw group.
The walk through Wythop woods was also very nice and this would in fact have been a perfect walk to take someone who, for whatever reason, would be unable to climb some of the higher fells. After a very stressful few weeks this walk was the perfect tonic.