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Great Gable - Grey Knotts - Brandreth - Green gable - best walk ever in the Lake District


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It was many years ago that I stood on the banks of Waswater and looked up at the pyramid shaped mountain Great Gable and wanted to climb it, its the familiar view that the National Trust use for their logo. I was on my own for this walk with Gail walking down in the valley around Buttermere, something I don’t recommend for gable due to the nature of the climb and just hoped I could tag onto someone just to keep an eye open. I started the walk from the popular Honister Slate mine and I parked my car there it cost only five pound and if you purchase goods over ten you get your ticket redeemed. The path is a little hard to find at first but walk to the left of the main Honister building around the corner, just look up and you will see some posts leading up the flanks of the fell Grey Knotts our first Wainwright on this walk . The path to the first fell is steep and rocky with a few craggs to get over in the process but soon you will find the top, I found if you kept to the left of the fence the path was a lot better. Its a gentle steady climb up to the next fell Brandreth at 715m and then just follow the boundary posts to green gable at 801m. Great gable from this side looks like a massive dome and get ready for some scrambling after you pass Windy gap, finding a path up I found was pot luck I just headed south West from Green gable sometimes a cairn will come into view. The summit is strewn with Boulders and small rocks with a small cairn marking the summit point and you will see the memorial plague that rests on the summit. The Plaque is in memorial to members of the Fell and rock climbing club that fell in the great war and every year they lay flowers below on remembrance sunday. Take time to see the view from Westmorland Cairn this cairn was erected in 1876 by two brothers named Westmorland to mark what they considered to be the finest view in the Lake District


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Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale Water


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Finding a way off of gable is never easy and routes are just lost in the boulders and Scree , from the plaque I headed North West just finding my way the best I could but be careful its quite perilous towards beck head. Once down and with numerous rocks inside my boots you simply find the Moses trod path that runs on the flanks of Brandreth and grey Knotts towards Drum House then a simple trip down from the slag heaps of slate back to honister. This is probably the best walk I have done in the lakes the views are fantastic but the route very tricky don’t take kids !! and be prepared for some scrambling.


Honister slate mine & Dale head behind

Waswater View


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