Magnificent views from the summit of Great Gable in the Lake District, Cumbria

Great Gable (899 m.) is a bit of a scramble to reach the summit but today’s climb was rewarded with clear views in all directions: Scafell Pikes, Skiddaw Old Man, Morecombe Bay, the Pennine escarpment and ridge, Dumfries and Galloway, even Snaefell far away on the Isle of Man.

The route from Honister Pass has much the same total height gain/loss as the more popular stomp up from Seatoller and Seathwaite in Borrowdale. As well as being less populous, there are fine views during the ascent over to Buttermere, then Ennerdale and even Wasdale and glimpses of Lake Windermere. There are some fine ponds, teeming with little frogs.. It was something of a surprise to encounter the numerous climbers on Windy Gap and Green Gable, then the hordes on the summit at 899 m.