Great Gable from Seathwaite in Borrowdale.

Start. Seathwaite.

Route. Seathwaite - Seathwaite Slabs - Gillercomb - Blackmoor Pols - Base Brown - Blackmoor - Green Gable - Windy Gap - Great Gable - Westmorland Crag - Sty Head - Styhead Tarn - Greenhow Knott - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite.

Notes. I've said it before and I'll say it again, “Great Gable great from any direction”, stand on any fell top in the Lake District, look to the Scafell massif, the crown of rock that looks like a top hat is Great Gable. The Fell and Rock Climbing Club purchased Great Gable and 3000 acres of surrounding land, gifting it to the National Trust in memory of their members who fell in the First World War, a bronze plaque in their memory adorns the summit. Spend a minute perusing through the names, these young men were the pioneers of rock climbing in the British Isles.

Great from any direction yes, not under foot, wear a decent pair of boots, the summit's guarded by a boulder field, loose and constantly on the move, it's a real ankle breaker. I left Seathwaite following in the foot steps of many of the names remembered on the memorial I was heading to, between the farm buildings then up the side of Sourmilk Gill. At the top of the climb a typical hanging valley welcomed me, Gillercomb guarded by the cliffs of Raven Crag and the imposing face of Gillercomb Head. A fairly decent path guided me through the valley ascending steep slopes to Blackmoor Pols, I made the short detour to the summit of Base Brown before attacking the slopes of Green Gable. Once on the summit it was a loose descent on shifting scree to Windy Gap, the assault on Great Gable starts here. Steep, hands on in places then watching every step as I crossed the boulder field to access the summit.

Personally I prefer the views from Westmorland Crag, I descended the few yards to a moss covered cairn, built by the Westmorland brothers to mark the best view point in Lakeland, the view over Wasdale is superb, a good place to linger. I lingered before making my descent, cairns mark the route to the mountain crossroads at Sty Head, take care the path is loose in places and washed out in others. Once safely at Sty Head I turned to Seathwaite passing Styhead Tarn before descending to delightful Stockley Bridge. This ancient pack horse bridge on the once main route from Borrowdale to the Cumbrian coast marked the start of the short valley walk back to Seathwaite Farm and the parked car.

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Early morning views to Seathwaite Fell.

Ascending the south bank of Sourmilk Gill, with views across the woods below Lowbank Crags into Seathwaite and Borrowdale.

The final intake with views to Glaramara.

Seathwaite seen down Sourmilk Gill.

Looking to the Raven Crag face of Grey Knotts.

The blue/grey hills of Lakeland seen through Gillercomb.

Raven Crag seen from the ascent to Blackmoor Pols.

Looking to the summit of Base Brown with the Scafell massif as a back drop.

From the slopes of Green Gable wonderful vistas over the Buttermere valley, the principal tops being High Crag and Grasmoor, the rocky bubble centre left is Hay Stacks final resting place of old Wainwright.

Wonderful rock architecture, the summit of Green Gable backed by Gable Crags.

From the summit of Green Gable splendid views down the Ennerdale valley.

Buttermere and Crummock water seen over Hay Stacks.

Still on Green Gable looking to the Langdale Pikes over the long ridge linking Glaramara to Allen Crags.

Pillar, High Crag and Hay Stacks seen from Windy Gap.

The Grasmoor massif seen from the ascent of Great Gable.

The summit Great Gable adorned with a newly refurbished memorial.

From the summit of Great Gable breath taking views over Wasdale and Wast Water.

Above Westmorland Crag looking to Lingmell with Sca Fell rising behind, the summit of Scafell Pike being just out of shot to the left.

Awe-inspiring views from Westmorland Crag, Wast Water and the fields of Wasdale Head with the Sca Fell massif to the left.

On Great Gable marveling at the rock architecture of the Sca Fell range, from left to right, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell, not forgetting the the deep cut cleft of Piers Gill.

Sitting having a brew with this astounding view for company, reaching across the skyline, the long run of the Dodd's and the Helvellyn massif.

Wainwright's crouching lions, the Langdale Pikes.

The waters of Styhead Tarn reflect the hills I so wondered at from Great Gable.

Styhead Gill above Taylorgill Force.

Grains Gill above Stockley Bridge.

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