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2006 06 13 - Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth and Grey Knotts with Paul D.

The day was fine and warm but hazy and so photographs were not as good as I had hoped for. However, it is always satisfying to start a walk from Honister pass. At a height of 1,176 ft it feels as if your head is in the clouds even before you begin. Nevertheless, the steep climb up the route of the old tramway to the remains of the Drum House soon knocks the wind out of you. The path  then turns left (south) to skirt around Grey Knotts and Brandreth. The footpath here is known as Moses' Trod and is reputedly an old smugglers' route. On the left the path up to Windy Gap and Green Gable is passed as height is gradually gained towards Beck Head. From here there is now a rocky scramble through several hundred feet of ascent to the summit of Great Gable. On a clear day the views are superb in every direction and there is a very definite feeling of being at a mountain summit. From the summit the descent to Windy Gap is rough and steep but Green Gable is then achieved without much difficulty. The path to Honister Pass returns via the tops of Brandreth and Grey Knotts and then descends steeply back to the car park behind the youth hostel.


Honister Crag and the  path to the old drum house climbing up to the left


Looking towards Buttermere


 Great Gable looms ahead


Windy Gap




Kirk Fell from above Beck Head


 Looking into Ennerdale from the steep final scramble to the summit


The summit


Waswater from the summit


Piers Ghyll from Great Gable summit


Looking back to the summit as we head towards Green Gable


The Scafells


Green Gable with Base Brown beyond


Styhead Tarn


The rough and rocky path off Great Gable


Green Gable summit looking towards Pillar


and looking south


Brandreth from the path off Green Gable


Pillar from Brandreth


Brandreth summit looking towards Ennerdale


Grey Knotts from Brandreth


Grey Knotts summit


Towards Buttermere from Grey Knotts


And the summit again (Photo Paul D)


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