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Great Gable
Walking Guide and Walks

The Great Gable group of mountains is amongst the finest in England with this iconic summit the centrepiece of a range of high-quality fells. Other notable summits include Pillar, Red Pike (Wasdale), the High Stile Ridge above Buttermere, Fleetwith Pike and, despite is relative low height, Yewbarrow.

All the major summits see a steady flow of walkers with Great Gable often quite crowded at peak times of the year. The lower fells further west see relatively few walkers even on a sunny bank holiday and are ideal for those who seek solitude.

Great Gable can be approached from Wasdale, Seathwaite or Honister Pass, and can be combined with other tops for a challenging day in the hills. Approaches to Pillar also include the lonely walk in from Ennerdale. The High Stile ridge is usually walked from Buttermere from where ascents of Fleetwith Pike and Yewbarrow can also be started.

List of walks

★ GPS file available   ☩ Route profile

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1176Yewbarrow from Wasdalemoderate4.50
1826Green Gable & Gillercomb Horseshoe from Seathwaite moderate5.50
1289★☩Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks from Gatescarthmoderate5.50
1306★☩Base Brown & Great Gable from Seathwaitemod/hard6.00
1302Low Fell and Fellbarrow from Loweswatereasy/mod6.00
1303Buckbarrow, Seatallan & Middle Fellmoderate7.00
1112★☩Great Gable from Honister Passhard7.25
2900★☩Pillar (by the High Level Path) from Wasdalemod/hard8.00
2735★☩Fleetwith Pike and Buttermere Circularmod/hard8.50
1153★☩The High Stile Ridge from Gatescarth, Buttermerehard10.00
2341★☩A circuit of Nether Beck and Over Beck from Wasdalehard11.25
1126★☩The Mosedale Horseshoe from Wasdale Headhard11.50
1444★☩Great Gable from Borrowdale Youth Hostelhard12.00
1690Netherbeck Horseshoe - Middle Fell, Steeple & Red Pikemod/hard12.50
2058★☩Ennerdale Skyline incl. Steeple & other fellsmod/hard13.75
1082★☩Ennerdale Horseshoesevere18.00

 
Table of summits in the Great Gable Group

RankMountainMetresLocation
22Great Gable899Lake District
26Pillar892Lake District
45Little Scoat Fell841Lake District
52Red Pike - Wasdale826Lake District
57High Stile807Lake District
62Kirk Fell802Lake District
67Haycock797Lake District
100High Crag744Lake District
119Brandreth715Lake District
145Seatallan694Lake District
208Fleetwith Pike648Lake District
215Iron Crag640Lake District
222Starling Dodd633Lake District
227Yewbarrow628Lake District
247Great Bourne616Lake District

 

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