Great Gable from Honister

  • Fine approach to Great Gable
  • High start at Honister Pass
  • Excellent views across the western and central Lakes

Sometimes described as the cheats way to the summit of Great Gable (due to its high start), I find it a sensible alternative to the unending steep slopes from which the summit is gained from all other directions. The views on the walk in down first Buttermere, then Ennerdale and finally Wasdale are excellent and to be savoured. The spiral wheel of the lakeland valleys are best seen on this approach and there is nowhere the topography of the area is better laid out.

All this does not mean that the rocky slopes of Gable are avoided, simply put off and shortened. On the return I always like to keep high for as long as possible with on this occasion Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knotts adding to the tally of Wainwrights. By the time you have returned to Honister Pass you will not feel you have cheated at all.

Recommend: Spend some time exploring the slate community that has grown up at Honister Pass. The Via Ferratta rope day is excellent, as is the tour of the mines but last time we stuck to a simple mug of tea!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 225136. Honister Pass. Head west from the slate mines on the wide track but after 20m a sign points left towards Great Gable. This then goes parallel with the main track.
Height to Climb: 726m (2,381 feet)
Terrain: Good walking on the approaches but the summit dome of Great Gable offers some of the roughest ,rocky, terrain in the Lake District.
Eating & Drinking: There is a cafe at Honister Pass
Similar Walks Nearby: Great Gable via Napes Needle
Fleetwith Pike from Buttermere
Scafell Pike Classic
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