|heading back down from the top of the first climb|
|a nice steady wander - just short of three miles|
I planned to meet Jonathan for an early morning fell run on Sale Fell. The road was coned off and a sign said that the road was closed but I carried on through and had no problems.
Jonathan turned around at the cones. He didn't have his phone with him so I eventually got a call from him when I was on top of Sale Fell. When he didn't respond to my messages, I had assumed that he had slept in. I waited until 7:45am and then set off on my own.
I took it nice and easy and took a different way to the top, climbing directly up the fell from the near side of the wall. This seemed to be a more direct route to the top but it's not a runnable route.
I looped around from the top, across an area I hadn't visited before called Lothwaite. This is a Birkett top and a very pretty area. I would guess that there would be nice views over Bassenthwaite but today it was very cloudy and visibility was very poor.
From Lothwaite, I headed across to pick up the top of the same path I went up, running down to the wall and across the stream then back down the way I came up.
|bench at the top of Lothwaite|
|pretty path back to the wall that can just be seen going diagonally up to the left side of Sale Fell|
|this is looking down the steepest section of the first climb - it's steeper than it looks here|