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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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  • We caught the bus from Keswick to Seatoller (first was 9.20am) and walked the mile to Seathwaite Farm to begin the walk. Bright sunny day so we were hopeful for the views. The climb begins from the fa...  more »
  • A though ascent from Seathwaite up to Windy Gap up the scree slope. Fantastic views from the top all the way to Scotland and across most of the lakes.  more »
  • Having done many mountains in this area, I would definitely say that the ascent of Great Gable is one of the most enjoyable climbs: the views throughout the climb are stunning, and the summit provides...  more »
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  • Fantastic hike. As usual, very picturesque.
  • The mountain is 899 metres high. This is a great hike to do, the mountain summit appears as a pyramid shape from the Wasdale side. Fantastic scenery all round and a well worth hike. The famous Napes needle is also located here.
  • The Lake District is unique and unbeatable as a weekend walking / (cold) open water swimming destination
  • Smart but hard.
  • Amazing day views where incredible.
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