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Great Gable

Great Gable



Grid Reference: NY 21102 10317
Height: 899 metres/2949 feet

"Great Gable is a favourite of all fellwalkers, and first favourite with many."
A Wainwright

One of the jewels of the Lake District Great Gable is a wonderful mountain, although not the tallest, being just 899m, it can rival most of the higher fells for grandeur and spectacular views.

There are plenty of great routes up Great Gable, from Borrowdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale or Buttermere each with their own charm.

The views from the summit are spectacular, but just a short walk from the summit is the Westmorland Cairn where the view over Wasdale and Wast Water are exceptional.

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  1. Great Gable from Wasdale Head

    Great Gable from Wasdale Head: Private Guiding

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    One of the shorter routes to the high summits of the Lake District but steep and rough underfoot at times

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 1100m / 3600ft
    Duration: 5 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Great Gable from Red Pike

    Great Gable from Seathwaite: Private Guiding

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    A shorter walk but steep and rough underfoot at times, glorious views over Borrowdale, Wasdale and the Scafell range throughout

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 900m / 2800ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Wasdale and Wastwater from near the Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

    Great Gable from Honister Pass: Private Guiding

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    A shorter walk but steep and rough underfoot at times, wonderful scenery throughout

    Distance: 9km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 680m / 2200ft
    Duration: 5-6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Wasdale and Wastwater from near the Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

    Great Gable & the Northern Ridges: Private Guiding

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    A great route taking in Great Gable and all the satellite tops to the north of Great Gable

    Distance: 13km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 740m / 2500ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. Sphinx Rock and Wasdale

    The Great Gable Traverse: Private Guiding

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    Very rough underfoot at times with some scrambling, one of the best ways to see a great mountain

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 1100m / 3600ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  6. Yewbarrow from Nether Beck

    The Wasdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

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    A very long day above the Wasdale Valley covering some of the most iconic summits in England

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 2800m / 9200ft
    Duration: 14 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  7. Crossing the boulders on Broad Crag with Scafell Pike behind

    Borrowdale 10 Challenge: Private Guiding

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    A challenging day over rough ground taking in several of the highest mountains in England

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 11 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  8. The Ennerdale Valley

    The Ennerdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

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    One of the longest day walks in the Lake District, but a wonderful rewarding day in beautiful mountains

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  9. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

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    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  10. Descending from Scafell Pike

    24 Peak Challenge: Private Guiding

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    A very long walk over rough ground, a great very hard challenge event

    Distance: 50km / 32 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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