Walk c118 Great Gable from Seathwaite

Clear paths & superb views on glorious gable


Route outline for walk c118:

- Seathwaite  -   Stockley Bridge  -   Styhead Tarn  -   Sty Head  -   Great Gable  -   Westmorland Cairn  -   Windy Gap  -   Green Gable  -   Mitchell Cove  -   Blackmoor Pols  -   Base Brown  -   Gillercomb  -   Sour Milk Gill (Borrowdale)  -   Seathwaite.




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
3
English
Mountains
Wainwright
3
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
3
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is Great Gable at 899m (2951ft). Great Gable is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (9th highest in England, 25th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 7). Great Gable is also known as an English Nuttall (11th in England, 28th in England & Wales). Great Gable is classified as a Marilyn (4th highest in England, 236th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Green Gable, 801m (2629ft). Green Gable is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (41st highest in England, 76th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 34). Green Gable is also known as an English Nuttall (49th in England, 92nd in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Base Brown, 646m (2120ft). Base Brown is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (148th highest in England, 255th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 117). Base Brown is also known as an English Nuttall (198th in England, 340th in England & Wales).


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL4
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 89 or 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c118 Great Gable from Seathwaite

In no particular order . . .

Borrowdale and Styhead Pass from the slopes of Great Gable above Sty Head

Borrowdale and Styhead Pass from the slopes of Great Gable above Sty Head

Photo: Andy Malcolm (220)

My wife Pamela on the top of Green Gable with Great Gable behind

My wife Pamela on the top of Green Gable with Great Gable behind

Photo: Andrew Ward (2)

The scree slope on the western slope of Great Gable

The scree slope on the western slope of Great Gable

Photo: Karen Harding (7)

Haweswater Reservoir from Gatescarth Pass

Haweswater Reservoir from Gatescarth Pass

Photo: Andy Malcolm (221)

Glenridding Dodd (left), Glenridding and Ullswater from Birkhouse Moor

Glenridding Dodd (left), Glenridding and Ullswater from Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Mike Jennings (10)

Wast Water from Great Gable

Wast Water from Great Gable

Photo: Tony Higgs (3)

A dusting of snow on the shoulder of Lingmell (left), Middle Fell (centre left in the distance) and Yewbarrow above Wasdale from Sty Head

A dusting of snow on the shoulder of Lingmell (left), Middle Fell (centre left in the distance) and Yewbarrow above Wasdale from Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (79)

The magnificent view from The Calf in the Howgills after a full English and a stiff climb

The magnificent view from The Calf in the Howgills after a full English and a stiff climb

Photo: Paul Brown (3)

Snow on Great Napes from Sty Head

Snow on Great Napes from Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (80)

Looking down Styhead Gill from Sty Head to a sunlit Borrowdale  with Bleaberry Fell the high point in the distance

Looking down Styhead Gill from Sty Head to a sunlit Borrowdale with Bleaberry Fell the high point in the distance

Photo: Andy Malcolm (231)

Great Gable from Green Gable

Great Gable from Green Gable

Photo: Matt Delemare (29)

Great Gable and Green Gable from Base Brown

Great Gable and Green Gable from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (16)

Snow on Great Napes from Sty Head

Snow on Great Napes from Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (78)

Looking up to a snowy Great Gable from Sty Head

Looking up to a snowy Great Gable from Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (73)

Kirk Fell from Brandreth

Kirk Fell from Brandreth

Photo: Simon Barnett (37)

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Great Gable summit

Great End, Scafell Pike and Sca Fell from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (32)

Reflections in Yew Tree Tarn below Holme Fell

Reflections in Yew Tree Tarn below Holme Fell

Photo: Andy Malcolm (77)

Bleaberry Tarn (bottom left), Mellbreak and Crummock Water  from High Stile

Bleaberry Tarn (bottom left), Mellbreak and Crummock Water from High Stile

Photo: Andrew Ward (1)

Base Brown summit cairn

Base Brown summit cairn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (533)

Scafell re-visted. Me, my dog and my mates passing Styhead Tarn on the way up to Scafell Pike

Scafell re-visted. Me, my dog and my mates passing Styhead Tarn on the way up to Scafell Pike

Photo: Tony Rugg (1)

Checking the GPS on Sty Head in the snow

Checking the GPS on Sty Head in the snow

Photo: Bob Ferguson (75)

Wast Water from teh summit of Great Gable

Wast Water from teh summit of Great Gable

Photo: Simon Barnett (35)

Descending near Great Gable

Descending near Great Gable

Photo: Mike Jennings (11)

Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Wasdale Head featuring Yewbarrow (left), the shoulder of Kirk Fell, Great Gable (centre) and Lingmell (right) from across Wast Water

Photo: Ian Mansell (3)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (24)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (25)

Hartsop Dodd across Brothers Water with Gray Crag (Hayeswater) (far left) and Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) (far right)

Hartsop Dodd across Brothers Water with Gray Crag (Hayeswater) (far left) and Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) (far right)

Photo: Rob Barklamb (43)

Kirk Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell and Pillar behind from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Kirk Fell with Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell and Pillar behind from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (218)

*Pillar (left), High Stile (centre), Ennerdale, Hay Stacks, Crummock Water, Buttermere and Grasmoor (right) from  Green Gable

*Pillar (left), High Stile (centre), Ennerdale, Hay Stacks, Crummock Water, Buttermere and Grasmoor (right) from Green Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (75)

Great Langdale with Blea Rigg, Lang How and Silver How (left) and Lingmoor Fell (right) from the foot of Oxendale

Great Langdale with Blea Rigg, Lang How and Silver How (left) and Lingmoor Fell (right) from the foot of Oxendale

Photo: Andy Malcolm (224)

Snow on Scafell Pike (left), Sca Fell (right top) and Lingmell (right centre) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

Snow on Scafell Pike (left), Sca Fell (right top) and Lingmell (right centre) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

Photo: Peter Dryden (21)

Illgill Head (left) Wasdale, Wast Water and Yewbarrow from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Illgill Head (left) Wasdale, Wast Water and Yewbarrow from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Paula Oldham (2)

Sour Milk Gill Falls

Sour Milk Gill Falls

Photo: David Hayter (390)

Wasdale Head and Wast Water from Gavel Neese on the lower slopes of Great Gable

Wasdale Head and Wast Water from Gavel Neese on the lower slopes of Great Gable

Photo: David Swales (20)

Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable panorama featuring Kirk Fell (foreground centre), Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell and Seatallan beyond (left), Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell and Pillar behind Kirk Fell (centre) and Ennerdale with Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (right)

Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable panorama featuring Kirk Fell (foreground centre), Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell and Seatallan beyond (left), Red Pike (Wasdale), Little Scoat Fell and Pillar behind Kirk Fell (centre) and Ennerdale with Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (right)

Photo: Andy Malcolm (216)

Pavey Ark and-Harrison Stickle from Silver How

Pavey Ark and-Harrison Stickle from Silver How

Photo: David Hayter (391)

Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit

Kirk Fell with Pillar and Little Scoat Fell beyond from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (33)

Ennerdale with Pillar (left) and High Stile (right) from Green Gable

Ennerdale with Pillar (left) and High Stile (right) from Green Gable

Photo: Matt Delemare (30)

Styhead Tarn from Windy Gap bewteen Great Gable and Green Gable

Styhead Tarn from Windy Gap bewteen Great Gable and Green Gable

Photo: Simon Barnett (36)

The infamous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

The infamous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Andrew Fryer (2)

Buttermere and Crummock Water from Moses' Trod below Brandreth

Buttermere and Crummock Water from Moses' Trod below Brandreth

Photo: William Ringwood (46)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (28)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (27)

Descending near Great Gable

Descending near Great Gable

Photo: Mike Jennings (12)

Wasdale Head from Kirk Fell

Wasdale Head from Kirk Fell

Photo: Wayne Hill (5)

Wast Water and The Wasdale Valley from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Wast Water and The Wasdale Valley from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Matt Delemare (35)

On the summit of Great Gable

On the summit of Great Gable

Photo: Ray Mather (1)

The Stretcher Box at Sty Head in the snow

The Stretcher Box at Sty Head in the snow

Photo: Bob Ferguson (77)

Small Water with Haweswater Reservoir beyond from Nan Bield Pass

Small Water with Haweswater Reservoir beyond from Nan Bield Pass

Photo: David Swales (19)

Sour Milk Gill

Sour Milk Gill

Photo: David Hayter (389)

Wast Water with Illgill Head (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Great Gable summit

Wast Water with Illgill Head (left) and Yewbarrow (right) from Great Gable summit

Photo: Matt Delemare (34)

Greg and Kathy, Katie and Tony on Harrison Stickle in The Langdale Pikes

Greg and Kathy, Katie and Tony on Harrison Stickle in The Langdale Pikes

Photo: Reasons Togonorth (2)

Great End and Styhead Tarn catching the light

Great End and Styhead Tarn catching the light

Photo: Andy Malcolm (76)

Sprinkling Tarn in the snow

Sprinkling Tarn in the snow

Photo: Bob Ferguson (76)

Climbing Lining Crag towards Greenup Edge

Climbing Lining Crag towards Greenup Edge

Photo: Christine Shepherd (46)

Crummock Water and Grasmoor with Buttermere in the foreground from Hay Stacks

Crummock Water and Grasmoor with Buttermere in the foreground from Hay Stacks

Photo: Tony Higgs (4)

Sour Milk Gill Falls

Sour Milk Gill Falls

Photo: David Hayter (270)

Easedale from Sour Milk Gill

Easedale from Sour Milk Gill

Photo: David Hayter (269)

Green Gable and Windy Gap from Great Gable

Green Gable and Windy Gap from Great Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (223)

Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell (left) Seatallan (background centre), Red Pike (Wasdale) (right) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (centre foreground) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

Wast Water, Wasdale and Yewbarrow with Middle Fell (left) Seatallan (background centre), Red Pike (Wasdale) (right) and the shoulder of Kirk Fell (centre foreground) from Westmorland Cairn on Great Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (217)

Little Scoat Fell and Pillar (distance) with Brandreth (foreground) from Base Brown

Little Scoat Fell and Pillar (distance) with Brandreth (foreground) from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (17)

On Great Gable

On Great Gable

Photo: Andrew Fryer (1)

Me and my dog, Rosie at the top of Great Gable

Me and my dog, Rosie at the top of Great Gable

Photo: Reasons Togonorth (1)

Borrowdale

Borrowdale

Photo: Christine Shepherd (45)

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Climbing Great Gable in the mist

Photo: Simon Barnett (26)

Burnthwaite Farm Kitchen, Wasdale Head

Burnthwaite Farm Kitchen, Wasdale Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (81)

Grasmere from Helm Crag

Grasmere from Helm Crag

Photo: Wayne Hill (61)

Grey Knotts (left) Seatoller and Base Brown (right) from Green Gable

Grey Knotts (left) Seatoller and Base Brown (right) from Green Gable

Photo: Mike Jennings (9)

Sty Head Tarn with Base Brown beyond in the snow

Sty Head Tarn with Base Brown beyond in the snow

Photo: Bob Ferguson (74)

Father and Sons on top of Great Gable

Father and Sons on top of Great Gable

Photo: Chris Budd (5)

Glaramara from Base Brown

Glaramara from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (19)

Kirk Fell (foreground), Pillar, Ennerdale, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (far right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Kirk Fell (foreground), Pillar, Ennerdale, Red Pike (Buttermere), High Stile, High Crag and Crummock Water (far right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Andy Malcolm (219)

Great Gable summit

Great Gable summit

Photo: William Ringwood (45)

Beckhead Tarn on Beck Head

Beckhead Tarn on Beck Head

Photo: Matt Delemare (37)

Wast Water from a misty Great Gable

Wast Water from a misty Great Gable

Photo: Simon Barnett (23)

The Slate Mine on Honister Pass

The Slate Mine on Honister Pass

Photo: Mike Jennings (13)

Snow on Yewbarrow (North Top) left, Red Pike (centre right) and the shoulder or Kirk Fell (right) tower above Wasdale from near Sty Head

Snow on Yewbarrow (North Top) left, Red Pike (centre right) and the shoulder or Kirk Fell (right) tower above Wasdale from near Sty Head

Photo: Bob Ferguson (72)

The view is across the Vale of Lorton towards Whiteside (left), High Stile and Red Pike (Buttermere), Mellbreck (centre) and Fellbarrow and Low Fell (right)

The view is across the Vale of Lorton towards Whiteside (left), High Stile and Red Pike (Buttermere), Mellbreck (centre) and Fellbarrow and Low Fell (right)

Photo: Chris Brankin (21)

Esk Pike (far left), Great End (centre) and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Esk Pike (far left), Great End (centre) and Scafell Pike from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (20)

Me, halfway across Sharp Edge, trying to be brave

Me, halfway across Sharp Edge, trying to be brave

Photo: Paula Oldham (3)

Me on Great Gable

Me on Great Gable

Photo: Rachel Hill (1)

The Scafell Massif featuring Scafell Pike (centre) and Sca Fell (centre left) from Swirl Band between Swirl How and Levers Hawse

The Scafell Massif featuring Scafell Pike (centre) and Sca Fell (centre left) from Swirl Band between Swirl How and Levers Hawse

Photo: Andy Malcolm (232)

Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle (Pike o' Stickle) framed by cloud whilst ascending Green Gable

Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle (Pike o' Stickle) framed by cloud whilst ascending Green Gable

Photo: Rob Barklamb (42)

A frozen Grisedale Tarn from the lower slopes of Dollywaggon Pike in the snow

A frozen Grisedale Tarn from the lower slopes of Dollywaggon Pike in the snow

Photo: Peter Dryden (22)

Kirk Fell and the shoulder of Great Gable (right) with the lower slopes of Great End (left) and Red Pike (Wasdale) in the distance from Sty Head

Kirk Fell and the shoulder of Great Gable (right) with the lower slopes of Great End (left) and Red Pike (Wasdale) in the distance from Sty Head

Photo: John Carney (1)

Northern Souls Walking Club at the Remembrance Day service on top of Great Gable

Northern Souls Walking Club at the Remembrance Day service on top of Great Gable

Photo: Paul Brown (2)

Wasdale featuring Lingmell (left), Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left of centre in the distance), Wast Water (centre) and Yewbarrow (right) from Westmorland Cairn near the summit of Great Gable

Wasdale featuring Lingmell (left), Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left of centre in the distance), Wast Water (centre) and Yewbarrow (right) from Westmorland Cairn near the summit of Great Gable

Photo: Karen Harding (5)

Slapestone Edge from across Easedale Tarn

Slapestone Edge from across Easedale Tarn

Photo: Simon Barnett (29)

Wast Water and Wasdale Head from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Wast Water and Wasdale Head from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Wayne Hill (4)

Temperature Inversion from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Temperature Inversion from the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa)

Photo: Karen Harding (6)

Approaching the summit of Carnedd Moel Siabod

Approaching the summit of Carnedd Moel Siabod

Photo: Karen Harding (8)

The summit cairn on Green Gable with Great Gable beyond

The summit cairn on Green Gable with Great Gable beyond

Photo: Matt Delemare (31)

Looking 0ver Sour Milk Gill Falls

Looking 0ver Sour Milk Gill Falls

Photo: Wayne Hill (62)

Brassington Church

Brassington Church

Photo: David Dayton (29)

Climbing Ben Nevis

Climbing Ben Nevis

Photo: Karen Harding (4)

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left) Wast Water and Yewbarrow and Middle Fell (right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Illgill Head and Whin Rigg (left) Wast Water and Yewbarrow and Middle Fell (right) from Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Ian Mansell (2)

The view inside Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar near Settle on Christmas Day!

The view inside Victoria Cave, Attermire Scar near Settle on Christmas Day!

Photo: Rachel Hill (2)

Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy from Base Brown

Dale Head (Newlands) and High Spy from Base Brown

Photo: Chris Brankin (18)

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Great Borne summit Trig Point

Photo: Christine Shepherd (534)

Father and Sons on top of Scafell Pike

Father and Sons on top of Scafell Pike

Photo: Chris Budd (4)

Tarn Crag (Easedale) from Easedale

Tarn Crag (Easedale) from Easedale

Photo: David Hayter (271)

Beck Head and Beckhead Tarn with Kirk Fell beyond from below Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Beck Head and Beckhead Tarn with Kirk Fell beyond from below Westmorland Cairn, Great Gable

Photo: Matt Delemare (36)


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