- Great Gable from Honister by way of Moses Trod is one of my
favourite walks. It has been reported on by other people in the
last couple of weeks so I hope you are not fed up with reading
about it. Here is my version.
Wednesday was another suncream and t-shirt day but the fells
looked very hazy. We walked up to the Drum House and turned
left. We made fast progress along the almost level path, the view
always worth looking at. First we looked down on Dubs Bottom
and the old quarry. Then we could see the top of Haystacks
which brought back memories of being blown off my feet last
October. Soon we were looking out over Buttermere and
Crummock Water, the Buttermere fells and then Ennerdale
Water which soon gave way to the forests of Ennerdale. Getting
closer to Gable we dropped down a bit and all we could see
were towering fells all around. Up to Beck Head where we had
our first glimpse of Wasdale.
Then the steep climb up Gable. Time seemed to pass quickly as
we climbed, I think because we had to concentrate on every
step.The bit I always look forward to is the bit near the top where
you have to scramble a short distance using hands, knees and
elbows. We soon arrived at the summit which was deserted. We
sat near the Westmoreland Cairn and marvelled at the view into
Wasdale with its jigsaw puzzle fields. We remembered many
happy hours spent in the Wasdale Head Inn and searched the
surrounding fells with binoculars for signs of life but there were
very few people about.
After lunch we contoured round the summit towards the way
down to Windy Gap. As we ascended Green Gable I noticed
some of the rocks have an iridescent blue sheen that shines in
the sun. I don't know much about the subject but I am fascinated
by the varied colours and patterns on rocks caused by minerals
We went over Green Gable and Brandreth looking down into
Borrowdale. In the area between Brandreth and Grey Knotts,
near the small tarns, we saw a patch of snow. It was several
inches deep. I walked on it for a few steps before it gave way and
I fell in and sat down in it. It was very wet!
We made our way to the old tramway and back down to Honister.
- Hi Alan,Simply stunning photos from your Great Gable day. Love that walk, one we have done so many times but is becoming a blast from the past these days. Still, wonderful to see it all again through your eyes and what a superb weather you had too.That view encompassing all three lakes from the slopes of Brandreth is a firm favourite of ours, years ago Roger framed that exact same shot from there and it was a birthday present for me, long before we moved up here. Little did I know that the cottage we brought could be seen in the far distance. Well, too be honest only with exceptionally powerful telescope, but we can also see that reverse view from here ! Perhaps not today though :-( Summer has certainly taken a few days holiday, rest assured all the Lakes/becks/rivers have all filled up. The rain has stopped but it is very windy and very overcast.Thanks for looking at our Scottish photos, pleased you enjoyed them.AnnHi everyone,Another report from my recent holiday in the Lake District. This one is from the 25th May when I did Great Gable from Honister.Cheers,Alan
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