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image for Walking Route item typeTour of Great Gable via the Passes at Seatoller

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View of Great Gable from Wasdale Head

View of Great Gable from Wasdale Head


Great Gable, not the highest peak in Lakeland, but undoubtedly the best known and arguably the best loved. Its summit is reached by thousands of walkers every year, its popular crags the birthplace of British rock climbing, and its summit form is used in the badge of the Lake District National Park. Going to its summit however may not be the best way to fully appreciate this fine mountain. Instead try following the network of bridleways and passes that ring it. By doing this you will experience ever- changing views of Great Gable and explore some unexpected corners right at the very heart of the Lake District.

Duration: 8 - 10 hours

Miles: 15

Time/Effort 4 out of 5
Navigation 4 out of 5
Technicality 4 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 1390
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 & 6,

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Map reference: NY 254140  Lat: 54.51587 Long: -3.15323