This is a chance to explore Great Gable, one of the most popular Adventure Peaks Lake District Guided Walks. Great Gable is a mountain lying in the heart of the Lake District offering some of the best panoramic views from its rocky summit. The route begins at Honister Pass and works its way through complex, high level terrain to Beck Head, the saddle between Great Gable and Kirk Fell. A rugged and wild climb leads us to the mountain’s mighty summit followed by a steep rough descent across Windy Gap. From here we cross the wide complex ridge and work our way over to Green Gable and Brandreth to reach Grey Knotts.
The Great Gable Guided Walk is a challenging and rewarding day out, offering the walker spectacular mountain passes, excellent rock terrain, tarns, streams and roaming fells. This is a great introduction into the world of Adventure Peaks Classic Lake District Guide Walks.
Guided Walk Overview
- Height: 889m / 2,916ft 9.53km
- Distance: 5.92 Miles
- Time: 5-6 Hours
- Grade: Moderate/Hard
- Walking Boots
- Waterproof Jacket and trousers
- Warm tops
- Spare clothing
- Hat & Gloves
- Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
- Packed lunch
- Water bottle/Thermos Flask
- Torch and whistle
A 15% discount is available on all equipment and clothing from the Adventure Peaks store. This is valid from the time of booking to the date of the walk.
- Great Gable, 899m – Green Gable, 801m
- Brandreth, 715m – Grey Knotts, 697m
Total ascent / descent
You should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for 5-6 hours per day with around 716m (2350ft) of ascent.
Where to Meet
The group will meet at 9am at the Pay and Display car park behind the Youth Hostel at Honister Hause/Pass, on the B5289 between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Grid Ref: NY 225 135. You should have your rucksack packed ready to depart including a full packed lunch.
Please note that no transport is included as part of the walk. For those without their own transportation it may be possible to share transport with the guide or other members of the walk. In this case we do ask that a contribution is made to the fuel costs of the driver.
The day will finish between 2.30-3.00pm.
If you are not there within 20 minutes of the departure time (9am) the group will begin their walk.
“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits.”
Books & Maps
Ordnance Survey OL 5 covers The Southern area of the Lake District and OL7 covers the Northern area at a scale of 1:25,000. The BMC produce a Lake District map at a scale of 1:40,000, which are waterproof and tear resistant, specially designed for walkers and climbers.
Photography: Greenburn publishing
The Minimum Age for our walks is 8 years of age, but this depends on a child’s experience and ability. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless previously agreed with Adventure Peaks, and as we are AALA registered, written permission must be provided by a parent/guardian, for each participant under 18.