Great Gable is a mountain of national repute, whose mighty defences issue a stark challenge to which all self-respecting fell walkers cannot but respond. The name itself conjures up an image of solidity and strength, which a close encounter does nought to dispel. Beyond Grey Knotts, the huge arched dome dwarfs all surrounding fells, which become mere stepping stones in its ultimate conquest. Even Green Gable, a worthy fell in its own right, has to bow to the grand master holding court across the knife edge of Windy Gap. The mountain is very much the guardian of Wasdale. To climb Gable is to pit yourself against the essence of Lakelandís alpine heritage, which has irresistibly drawn the cream of the nationís hard hats for more than a century. Their abiding respect is commemorated by a metal plaque erected by members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club as a lasting tribute to those who gave their lives during World War Two.
The suggested [BLACK] route (9 miles with 3300ft ascent) visits the summits of Great Gable (2949ft), Green Gable (2603ft), Brandreth (2344ft) & Grey Knotts (2287ft).
The suggested linear [BLACK] route (9 miles with only 516ft ascent) to Keswick from Seatoller visits Rosthwaite, Watendlath, Ashness Bridge & Walla Crag. An alternative higher level walk is from Seatoller to Allen Crags via Glaramara.