Start – Honister Pass Car Park NY224135, Distance – 9km, Ascent – 800m, Time – 4hrs 30mins plus stops.
An excellent walk to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic and popular peaks, the mighty Great Gable. I personally think that Great Gable is probably the most distinctive peak in the lakes and can be seen rearing up proudly from most areas around. It also looks pretty unassailable from most angles too. I also think it’s one of those peaks that affords the best views from its slopes rather than its flat summit, although this holds true for many Lakeland mountains. This particular walk starts at the well-elevated Honister Pass, which means you can get a few other peaks under your belt without an overall monster ascent figure. We also decided to ascend Great Gable’s rocky north-west slopes and descend via the usual Green Gable route which turned out to be an excellent idea as you’re rewarded with fantastic views down into Wasdale on the climb up. In fact, you also get great views into Buttermere, Ennerdale and Borrowdale valleys too at different parts of the walk. Route finding shouldn’t be too difficult overall, although the paths get a bit vague around Grey Knotts.
The old tramway above Honister, at the junction with Moses Trod on the left. Pillar dominates the skyline with Haystacks just peeping over the horizon
The view of Great Gable from Moses Trod on the lower slopes of Brandreth.
A view down the beautiful valley of Ennerdale, with the ridges of Pillar and High Stile standing guard either side
As you reach the highest point of Moses Trod, you’re rewarded with the first views down into Wasdale. Oooh, there’s the sea! Look!
Our ascent to the summit of Great Gable was via the quieter north-western ridge. It’s a rocky scramble and you need to take care with your footing, but it’s a more interesting and challenging way to the top. Plus you get these great views into Ennerdale and the Buttermere Valley
The hanging valley of Gillercomb, seen from the col between Green Gable and Brandreth. Borrowdale lies at the foot, winding its way towards Derwent Water
Looking back to the Gables Great and Green from the slopes of Brandreth
A final view down to Buttermere and Crummock Water from Grey Knotts