Great Gable

Undertaken to celebrate a very sunny longest day, as well as to reconnoitre for future guiding, this was the fourth occasion in which I have enjoyed the delights of this walk. It went from Honister Pass (NT car park behind the YHA), straight up to Grey Knotts, thence along to Brandreth, Green Gable, Windy Gap, Great Gable itself, and then down to Beck Head and back to Honister Hause via “Moses’ Trod”. Great Gable has an unsurpassable central presence among the ‘mightiest of the mighty‘ in the Lake District, and, despite the labours involved in getting there, it always seems like walking on air to enjoy the wonderful sights in all directions from its lofty brow - in my opinion, the finest fell summit of them all. P.S: A very moving piece by Tony Greenbank about this route is available here.
(Highest point: 2949 ft/ 899 m. Distance: 6 miles/9.6 km. Ascent: 2500 ft./760 m.)
(P.P.S. Full extent of ‘longest day’ by no means necessary for this hike - even at my dawdling pace, this took only 5 hours or so to do.)

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