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image for Walking Route item typeGreat Gable from Borrowdale at Borrowdale

Walking Route

View of Great Gable from Wasdale Head

View of Great Gable from Wasdale Head


Considering its unsighted most of the way, the approach to Great Gable from Borrowdale is one of the best routes up the mountain. To get to it you have to deal with the intervening corries and hills and this is what makes it special. They provide stepped and twisting approaches full of interest at every turn. The most common walk to Great Gable from Borrowdale is up past Taylor Gill Force and Sty Head. It is a superb route but relatively easy and because of its ease is best reserved for descent. The steep scrambly path up beside Sour Milk Gill and onwards via Gillercombe makes a better outward route. You can choose to do the scramble up the gill or follow the path by its side and then you can explore the lonely hanging valley of Gillercombe. From Gillercombe a steep pull brings you up the eastern flanks of Green Gable from where you get a close in view of Great Gable supported by its impressive north-facing crags.

Duration: 4 - 5 hours

Miles: 6


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Map reference: NY 252172  Lat: 54.54495 Long: -3.15699