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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

1176★☩Yewbarrow from Wasdalemoderate4.50
1826★☩Green 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
1303★☩Buckbarrow, 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
1690★☩Netherbeck 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

22Great Gable899 / 2949Lake District
26Pillar892 / 2927Lake District
45Little Scoat Fell841 / 2759Lake District
52Red Pike - Wasdale826 / 2710Lake District
57High Stile807 / 2648Lake District
62Kirk Fell802 / 2631Lake District
67Haycock797 / 2615Lake District
100High Crag744 / 2441Lake District
119Brandreth715 / 2346Lake District
145Seatallan694 / 2277Lake District
208Fleetwith Pike648 / 2126Lake District
215Iron Crag640 / 2100Lake District
222Starling Dodd633 / 2077Lake District
227Yewbarrow628 / 2060Lake District
247Great Bourne616 / 2021Lake District


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