14th November 2004

Remembrance day on Great Gable. Honister, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Honister


Walk Overview
Time 08.20 to 13.40
Duration 5 hr 20 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 2464 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Roger & Ann Hiley, Anne Leaney, Peter Burgess, John Paterson and meeting with Ian Smith, Ben Hammond, Phil, Peter Rigg and a few others at Great Gable summit.
Honister Mines - Honister Hause - Dismantled Tramway - Drum House - Fleetwith - Stone Cove - Great Gable - Windy Gap - Green Gable - Gillercomb Head - Brandreth Tarn - Brandreth - Fleetwith - Drum House - Dismantled Tramway - Honister Hause
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Honister Mines

Given the size of the car park (s) here I'm tempted to say you'll find ample parking up here. This isn't always the case though. The popularity of the mine tours and the surrounding fells make this a very busy place indeed.

You have two options here, the mines car park and the national trust car park next to the Youth Hostel. They both cost about the same, so it doesn't really matter which one you try first.


Route Map

In 1924 the Fell and Rock Climbing Club fixed a tablet to one of Great Gable's summit rocks in memory of their members who were killed during the 1914 - 1918 war. Every year a service is held on the summit which is attended by hundreds of fell walkers.
An early morning start to reach Great Gable in time for the 11.00 remembrance service

Poor visibility turned out to be the order of the day, but this did nothing to deter hundreds of fell walkers from making the journey.

Harry having a well earned rest on Great Gable summit.

Jennifer and Ann.
We reached the summit about 15min before the start. This gave us time to have a bite to eat and a hot drink.

A very small portion of the crowds at the summit. Proving just how popular this event is each year.

Jennifer, Anne Leaney, Peter Rigg and Ann Hiley double checking our route in windy gap.
Although it was very cold, luckily Windy Gap didn't live up to its name today.

On route to Brandreth.

One of the tarns just below the Brandreth summit.

Anne and Jennifer on the old tramway, just after we dropped below the cloud.

From the tramway looking across to the slopes of Dale Head.

Looking up towards Honister slate quarry.

The top of Honister Pass.

Looking back up the final part of our route.

A group photo. left to right
John Paterson, Jennifer, Anne Leaney, Ann Hiley, me, Peter Burgess, Harry, Roger Hiley

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