Sale Fell

At just 359 metres high, Sale Fell is one of the smallest fells in the Lake District, but it does have breath-taking views of Bassenthwaite Lake and the northern fells that surround it from the summit.

It is a popular walk for locals looking for a gentle Sunday stroll. The route is fairly straightforward and easy to follow.

The Route

The northeastern view from the summit of Sale Fell

The northeastern view from the summit of Sale Fell

(Mick Knapton /

Start by accessing the fell through the gate at Grid Ref NY 191 302 and follow the path that will take you along the back and above St Margaret’s Church.

The path then leads through an old gate alongside a wall. At Grid Ref NY 186 265, the path forks and taking the left fork will lead you up to the summit.

Useful Information

Parking: Grid Ref NY 191 302 – Roadside parking accessed via a narrow lane leading from the Pheasant Inn just off the A66 by Bassenthwaite

Start Point: Gate at NY 191 302, signposted as a public footpath

Summit: Grid Ref NY194 296; 359 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 2 miles

Terrain: Grass / Gravel paths, some moderately steep inclines

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 1 ½ hours – 2 hours maximum

Suitable For: Adults with moderate fitness; All-terrain pushchairs; Young children


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