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Great Gable, Lake District

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Great Gable is a mountain lying at the very heart of the English Lake District, appearing as a pyramid from Wasdale (hence its name), but as a dome from most other directions. It is one of the most popular of the Lakeland fells, and there are many different routes to the summit. Great Gable is linked by the high pass of Windy Gap to its smaller sister hill, Green Gable, and by the lower pass of Beck Head to its western neighbour, Kirk Fell.TopographyThe Western Fells occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the hills diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland. At the central hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild valley.Great Gable and its lesser companion Green Gable stand at the head of Ennerdale, with the walkers' pass of Sty Head to their backs. This connects Borrowdale to Wasdale, giving Gable a footing in both valleys. The Borrowdale connection is quite tenuous, but Great Gable is "the undisputed overlord" of Wasdale in that it is paramount in almost any view up the lake. Once seen, the naming of the fell Great Gable requires no explanation.
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  • A great choice if you prefer abit more of a challage then a straight walk up, Grade2/3 scambling towards the top makes it challaging but fun. I personally prefer this mountain to its nearby scafell pi...  more »
  • Great walk with great views on the summit. Be prepared for any weather though as it can get very windy and / or cloudy on the summit. One of the best walks in The Lake District.  more »
  • Set off early on a October morning as the sun was beginning to show its self over the top of the fells.The summit of Great Gable was bathed in light and was just magnificent as we set off from Wasdale...  more »