GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sale Fell Walk

2 miles (3 km)

This circular walk climbs to Sale Fell near Cockermouth in the Lake District National Park.
You can start the walk from the parking area just to the west of Bassenthwaite Lake at Wythop. From here you can pick up footpaths heading west up to Dodd Crag before turning east to visit the Sale Fell summit which stands at a height of 359m (1,178ft). There's great views back down to Bassenthwaite and over to the surrounding fells, including Skiddaw and Helvellyn. The Isle of Man and the Solway Coast are also visible on a clear day.
After taking in the views the route then descends back to the parking area via an old quarry.


CA13 9YW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Sale Fell OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Sale Fell Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the east of the parking area you'll find the 17th century Pheasant Inn for post walk refreshment. They serve good quality dishes and have a lovely garden area to relax in on warmer days. You can find them next to the lake at postcode CA13 9YE for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The fell and the woodland around Routenbeck to the east are good for dog walking. The Pheasant Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can extend the walk by heading about a mile to the west to climb Ling Fell. The two fells are often climbed at the same time. Binsey Fell, Ullock Pike and Dodd Wood are also located very close to the lake and well worth exploring.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Keswick Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ascending Sale Fell - - 1178967

Ascending Sale Fell. The northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake is just visible. The path offers a steady climb, later contouring round the fell and making a pleasant round trip with an option to visit the summit.

Track around Sale Fell - - 2247406

Track around the fell

Dodd Crag - - 961114

Dodd Crag. On the southern slope of Sale Fell

Summit Cairn, Sale Fell - - 654491

Summit Cairn. Looking towards the coast

Sale Fell to Lothwaite - - 1179001

View to Lothwaite. Appearing as a secondary top, Lothwaite surprisingly extends the top of Sale Fell in a most pleasant manner.

Descending Sale Fell - - 1178973

Descending the fell. The Solway Firth is in the distance, with Criffel in Scotland just visible extreme right.

St Margaret's Church, Wythop - - 2247399

St Margaret's Church, Wythop. The old church is near the start of the walk.

Track contouring Sale Fell - - 2246915

Grassy Track contouring the fell


GPS Files

GPX File

Sale Fell.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)