12th November 2006

Remembrance day on Great Gable


Walk Overview
Time 07.55 to 13.25
Duration 5 hr 30 min (1 hr 15 min on Great Gable summit)
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 3045 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew Leaney (meeting with members of the On Line Fellwalking Club on Great Gable summit)
Seathwaite - Sourmilk Gill - Base Brown - Blackmoor Pols - Green Gable - Windy Gap - Great Gable - Styhead Tarn - Styhead Pass - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking leading to Seathwaite, Borrowdale

The popularity of the fells around here are more than reflected in the number of cars you find lining the road from Seathwaite Farm working back in the direction of Seatollor. I'm almost tempted to say that this is somewhere you'll never fail to get parked. Simply join the back of the line on the grass verge.

Parking is free and there is a tea room and toilets at Seathwaite.


Route Map

Seathwaite seen from the start of the path up to Gillercomb.

One of the waterfalls on Sourmilk Gill.

Once we reached the end of the hanging valley of Gillercomb we headed off towards the rocky area below Base Brown. This gave more direct route to the summit, rather than continuing through Gillercomb and ending up having to do an out and back along the short ridge on Base Brown.

Another picture looking down to Seathwaite. This one was taken from our route below what is marked on the map as Hanging Stone.

Looking back towards some of the Borrowdale fells from the path below Base Brown summit. not long after taking this picture the first of the rain reached us and the cloud came down.

Then where I least expected it, there was a brief break in the cloud as we were heading into Windy Gap. Luckily for us it didn't live up to its name on this occasion.

And again, as we approached the lowest point in the col.

The view down Aaron Slack to Styhead Tarn.

Our aim for today's walk was to attend the remembrance service on Great Gable summit. 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 none religious, none denominational service is held on the summit which is attended by hundreds of fell walkers.

We reached the summit about 45 minutes before the service started, which gave us plenty of time to chat to friends who we met at the summit. Although it was quite damp at the top their was very little wind, so even after standing for over an hour the temperature still wasn't enough to make us feel too cold.

Wreaths and Poppies placed next to the FRCC plaque.

A close up of the OFC wreath.

Back down below the clouds now and heading towards Styhead Pass / Tarn.

Lots of other fell walkers ahead of us and.......

lots more behind.

A popular place for a bite to eat.

Great End under cloud.

Styhead Tarn.

The footbridge over Styhead Gill; the last picture of the day before my camera decided it didn't want to play anymore. It couldn't see the card and wouldn't take any pictures at all. I'm suspecting that it could have been getting damp, because when I got home it worked fine. Typical !!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks