Sale Fell, Bassenthwaite

Sale Fell, at the north end of Bassenthwaite in the Lake District is a great fell for little legs!  And it’s a Wainwright, with the peak at 359 metres (1177 feet). We did a 2 mile circular walk (option to extend to 3 miles), on mostly wide open grassy paths.  It offers spectacular views of the northern fells, Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater.

You can park for free by the side of the road, right at the start of the path.  GR 192298 on OS map OL4.  Cross the road, and follow the path uphill, through a short patch of gorse bushes until emerge into the open fells.  At the T-junction, decide which way you want to walk.  We chose anti-clockwise, so headed right and walked round the back of the fell.

Turn left to start the steady, easy climb to the top.  We had a tail wind which helped to push us up!  Once you’ve reached the summit, you can either drop down and left and back to the car (2 miles total), or you can extend the walk by going across to Rivings and Lothwaite summits and completing the loop from there (3 miles total).

If you’re confident with an all terrain pushchair, we’d guess that this route would be suitable, as it’s 90% wide open grassy paths.

The Pheasant Inn is just at the bottom of the lane, and although we didn’t stop in for a visit today, it has been highly recommended to us.

And, if you’re in the area, there’s a lovely family walk and adventure playground at Mirehouse, just on the opposite side of Bassenthwaite Lake (approx 10-15 minute drive).

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