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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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Highlight of our week in the Lakes this year was our walk to Great Gable via Green Gable then back through Green Gable to Brandreth and Grey Knotts. We parked at Honister Slate Quarry (£5 for the day)...  read more »
  • I first took note of Great Gable when I saw it from the top of High Street nearly 30 years ago and I wondered what that great hump was standing out on the horizon wanting to be climbed. Eventually I d...  read more »
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