Ling Fell and Sale Fell
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Sale Fell, Ling Fell
Time: 2 hours
Parking: a few free spaces at the end of the lane heading up between the two fells from Wythop Mill (Grid reference: NY 185 293), marked 'Brumston Bridge' on the OS map.
|Ling Fell from Sale Fell|
The two low hills of Ling Fell and Sale Fell rise on the very fringes of the North Western Fells, looking down on the A66 main road as it heads west to Cumbria and Workington. Although separated by the little valley of the Wythop Beck, they are near neighbours and can easily be combined into one leisurely walk.
|Strava estimates a total walking distance of 6km|
|Looking up at Ling Fell from the valley below|
Worth knowing: In the page on the summit of Sale Fell in his Guide to the North Western Fells, Wainwright bemoans his ignorance at being unable to locate the rocks identified in a geological guide to the Lake District as containing "a small mass of very beautiful rock [which] consists of a pink crystalline felspathic base, in which there are numerous crystals of dark-green mica".
|An amateur geologist solving Wainwright's conundrum on Sale Fell|
Wainwright needed the good fortune that we had on our last visit to Sale Fell. By chance, an amateur geologist was looking around the fell top at the same time as us. He explained that the place to look for Wainwright's 'orthoclase' was not on the rockface by the cairn, nor amongst the scattering of 'white' stones in the grass, but amongst the "upstanding boulders" just below the summit!