Great Gable

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The dominant peak at the head of Wasdale. Although not the highest peak in the area, it is one of the more significant ones. Main routes are from Wasdale Head, Styhead Tarn and over Brandreth and Green Gable from Honister Pass.

Summit is marked by a large boulder formation and a memorial to climbers killed whilst fighting during the First World War.

A large dome shaped peak with steep drops on all sides.

Neighbouring peaks are Great End and the Scafell massif to the south, Green Gable to the east and Kirk Fell to the north.

Elevation (feet): 2,949
Elevation (meters): 899
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.4821
Longitude: -3.21927
Difficulty: Walk up
Nearest major airport: Manchester
Convenient Center: Keswick / Millom

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 13 trip reports for Great Gable.

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  • Log #20591 - by Mark Vautier on Jan 09, 2007
    What a great day out, to be part of such awesome scenery. Every hillwalker should visit at least once. Where do all the people at the top come from?
  • Log #11900 - by darren britton on July 21, 2003
    a great fell only spoilt by the low cloud which obscured the views from the top
  • Log #11902 - by L.Blackburn on Dec 31, 2002
    Absolutely bucketed it down all the way, even the sheep looked miffed. Decent approach, you dont have to be too fit. Nice little scramble before approach to summit. Get to summit, Hey Presto!...
  • Log #11903 - by peter murray on Oct 12, 2002
    Weather glorious, came over onto Great Gable from Green Gable and descended down to Styhead tarn using the route over Taylorgill force back to car a good days bonding with my brother Fred thanks for...
  • Log #11904 - by Verity Edwards on June 28, 2002
    Beautiful views from the summit, enhanced by the fact that it is above cloud level so you have to wait for the mist to disappear before being able to see below.
  • Log #11905 - by Steve Brown on June 05, 2002
    love the war memorial at the top!
  • Log #11906 - by Paul Collis & Gary Sutton on June 04, 2002
    Mission to climb as part of Paul's stag weekend! Fantasic weekend but very bad weather.
  • Log #11907 - by jimmy on Feb 28, 2001
    will it be possible to climb gable,during this foot and mouth outbreak.as far as i can recall you don,t come across any farms.and if you do ,is there any alternate routes you can take to avoid this...
  • Log #11908 - by Charles Rhind on Oct 10, 2000
    Walked from Seathwaite to Styhead.Rained all day, visibility on Gable very poor so we could not find Napes Needle as first time climbers and ended up with an arduous scree ascent.
  • Log #11909 - by Peter Sinclair on Oct 05, 2000
    We started from the slate works at Honister Hause and climbed up Great Gable via Beck Head, this route is a bit of a scramble but well worth doing (in dry weather if possible).
  • Log #11911 - by Robin Levett on Sep 24, 2000
    Wonderful day, great views, temporary cloud at the top blew away after a few minutes. Went up from the slate mine Honister pass.
  • Log #11912 - by Gordon L. Hewstone on May 10, 2000
    The finest approach is starting from Borrowdale, over first Base Brown, then Green Gable and on to Great Gable. Descent via the tourist route to Sty Head is loose and eroded - a better route is to...
  • Log #11913 - by EDDIE LORD on Oct 01, 1999
    BEST MOUNTAIN IN THE LAKE DISTRICT!! BEST ROUTE IS STRAIGHT UP THE WEST FACE FROM WASDALE HEAD. I RECOMMEND DESCENDING DOWN THE NORTH FACE AND MOVING ON TO KIRK FELL AND PILLAR. YOUTH HOSTELS...