Great Gable

Area:Lake District - Western Fells
County:Cumbria
Country:England
Classification:Wainwright, Birkett, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, and HuMP
(also Fellranger, Synge, Sim, and Tump)
Height:899m
Maps:OL4(S), OL6(N) Explorer or 89, 90 Landranger
Grid Ref:NY211103         Hills nearby: 5km 10km 20km
Summit:stone on rock - photo
Daylight:dawn 04:10, sunrise 05:00, sunset 21:37, dusk 22:27
External links:Wikipedia

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Great Gable at the head of Wast Water
Great Gable at the head of Wast Water


Great Gable viewed from Wasdale Head is unmistakable. Situated at the head of Wasdale where it presents a giant triangular gable end, it is also at the head of Ennerdale and close to the Black Sail hostel.

The most popular routes of ascent are Wasdale Head via Sty Head pass, or from Seathwaite via Sour Milk Gill taking in Green Gable since it's in the way.

Every Remembrance Sunday a memorial service is held at the plaque installed on the summit rock by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club in memory of those, and especially its members, who died in the First World War and those following it. In spite of the sometimes inclement weather many hundreds of people make the climb to hear the nondenominational service, in what has to be the most moving of settings.

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Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: JimRiley, Tirama, samross, adgl, buffer, DukeNukem, PaulG1952, SheepFarmer, distantecho, luverlyjuberly, ajdowsett, Hannahfw, darmour, Stephenmshanks, Boss_keloid, ja5ca, albee23, steve71 (x3), gallowshill (twice), eclipseandy, hillbilly, domusmantell, DANE2766, Gedlup, Strangerclur (twice), Sylwia J Kociemba (twice), alanm9, TONYL31, RogerFells, gilly_3886, anthbowles, jezsheona, peterb (twice), benbrewins, finndougal, Spacemonkey, Smoo1610, kierandol, sgrice56, motley 55 (x3), windridge, john09cw, On The Rivet, Stewart Sanderson, drsylvester68, Dunkman, Daniel278, fizzerfox, JamieL, Chris the rambler, fidds, CarlandHay, Mikew92 (twice), Carolwildbird, CARLOS (x6), Ginty (x4), AGJ64, wolfgangb, koczur, jegger, walsh581, Susanna, beth, StevetheRover (twice), i2am2no2man (twice), Andy Duff, GraemeLackford, Lenny0018, ThinArthur, digby, Lancashire Lad, HannantMark, gbh, Kingskerswell, gerard.hurst (x5), and springfishblue.

If you need accommodation we have details of 21 properties offering rooms near Great Gable. Here are some examples:

3 Tourist Board Assessed Cottage
£226-531 per week
9.3km (5.8 miles) away, sleeps 2
2
£80-115 per night
9.5km (5.9 miles) away
5 Sykes Cottages Assessed Cottage
£750-1915 per week
9.1km (5.7 miles) away, sleeps 8

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