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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 this view is seen, the naming of the fell Great Gable requires no explanation.
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  • A splendid mountain climbed many times but a first for grandson aged 14.Unfortunately it is a very popular mountain( I prefer my mountains remote and people free) full of people taking selfies.Lots of...  more »
  • This walk is suitable tot hose still capable of scrambling and clambering over rocks whether you take the route from the valley bottom at Seathwaite or start higher up at Honister Slate Mines. Both be...  more »
  • Grown up family outing with elderly father (me) proving that he can still keep up (well nearly) with the youngsters. We were rewarded with a clear day with fantastic views over the Solway Firth to sou...  more »
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  • Climbed it in June. The weather was moderately cloudy. We were lucky to have a break in clouds to see the beautiful views. It took us nearly 6 hours of brisk pace to climb and get back down to our car. And it was totally worth it!
  • One of the best Mountains in the Lake District, fantastic views from the summit.
  • A special place. A gift to the nation in memory of the fallen who climbed here before the Great War
  • Great mountain to go up. Spectacular views of Scaffel Pike. Nice walk on a sunny day. I would recommend it.
  • Magnificent peak

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