Sale Fell [1178ft], Ling Fell [1224ft], Broom Fell [1676ft], Lord’s Seat [1811ft] and Barf [1536ft], make up a popular group of fells that surround Wythop. Cockermouth Post readers are fortunate to have such a wonderful walking area close by that has lush pasture, deciduous and coniferous woodland and winding becks to complete the perfect panorama.

follow the track southwards and follow the fence round to a gate to head north to the summit of Burthwaite Heights [1043ft]. There is no cairn. Retrace your steps back to the gate and then head south and then south-east on pathless ground to Broom Fell [1676ft]. Head south-east for just less than a mile to reach Lord’s Seat [1811ft].

with Stan Leigh Broom Fell Summit

There are numerous combinations to walk one or more of these fells. A few years ago, I came across a route undertaken by Andrew Leaney which includes all of these fells and other additional subsidiary summits. So, this month I thought that I would summarise this route for you. The Wythop Round - Distance 8.5 miles. 2,600ft of ascent. Start from Brumston Bridge Parking Area, Wythop Valley. The parking area is beside the road [leading to Kelswick Farm] above Brumston Bridge - Grid Reference NY185293.

Next stop is Barf at 1536ft, to enjoy the views of Bassenthwaite Lake and on a clear day, the Solway Firth and Criffel. Retrace your steps back towards Lord’s Seat for about a quarter of a mile before heading north-west until you start heading downhill with Hagg Wood on your right. At the bottom of the descent, find the stile and then over it to gain access to the forest track to Ladies Table and Hagg Beck. You will see what looks like large abandoned concrete blocks as you head towards Wythop Hall.

The track continues into the woodland – look out for a footpath on your left that leads to Hogg Park and Ladies Table. This area of woodland has a nice mix of trees and is an enjoyable and interesting part of the walk. Don’t be too surprised if you see unusual animals during this section of the walk – they are not dangerous – they don’t move. Don’t try to find the summit of Ladies Table – it’s not worth the effort. There is no view – just a large rock nearby at the summit. Continue through the woodland to exit beyond Wythop Hall and then keep to the path round the edge of the trees until it heads north-west and then north-east towards Lothwaite and Sale Fell.

Lothwaite View to Skiddaw

Follow the road across Brumston Bridge and climb the steep hill which bears right. Go through the gate on to the old Corpse road and turn left on to another track which heads up to the summit of Ling Fell [1224ft] via old shooting butts. Head east from the summit and down the heathery flanks in the direction of Burthwaite Heights. At the bottom of the descent,


Just before entering more woodland, take the faint path that rises to the left to reach the rocky outcrop of Lothwaite summit [1132ft] with an excellent view of Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake on a clear day. Head for Sale Fell on the path to the south-west passing a pile of stones – just above is the subsidiary Rivings summit [1099ft] – then continue to Sale Fell summit [1178ft]. To close out the walk, head west on the path to descend alongside the wall to return to the parking area near Brumston Bridge.

This is a challenging walk that requires a good degree of fitness and map reading skills. I suggest OS Explorer Maps OL4 [The English Lakes, North West Area] and Andrew Leaney’s website which contains photographs

and maps – view via

I referred earlier to the view of what appears to be large abandoned concrete blocks. This is what is left of Wythop Silica Works. From 1920, a venture was undertaken which ended on 28th April 1939 when Cumberland Silica Bricks Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. Alfred Wainwright made reference to it on Sale Fell 7 ‘Failure of an Enterprise’ in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 6, The North-West Fells.

Ladies Table

During the walk, look out for a former quarry to the north of A66. This was Close Quarry which started in 1907 by the Cumberland Granite Company – production ceased in 1950. There are also records of lead mining at Embleton in 1749 and abandoned in 1856.

Former Industrial Site at Wythop

Wythop and Embleton are great locations with interesting history and beautiful natural features.

In the June issue, there was mention of Braithwaite Station within the ‘In View’ article on Railway Exploration. This is a private residence with no access to the general public and we apologise for any confusion or upset caused.

Explore and discover! Stan 17 AUGUST 2017 ISSUE 417 PAGE 18

Sale Fell from Burthwaite Heights

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