Great gable & Haystacks 

A wounderful route climbing to the summit of Great Gable  over rough and rocky ground which can offers amazing views over Buttermere and higher fell tops taking in 6 over legendary fell tops along the way .

 Difficulty                                                           Exposure


Distance : 14km / 9 miles                                 Duration :  7 hours 

Assent : 1220m / 3800ft

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Route Description

Starting at Gates Garth Farm we will cross a short field to walk on the good path up to Scarth Gap, this the pass between between Buttermere and Ennerdale from here we climb to the summit of Haystacks. Our first mountain top of the day from the summit we will follow the ridge eastwards taking in some of the amazing views of the land around us until we reach Innominate tarn and on to Moses trod path that will gently bring us up to Beck head and the pass between Great Gable and Kirk fell.  From Beck head we climbing steeply to the summit of Great Gable, Back over the summit of Great Gable and will take the path descending towards Windy Gap then its short climb to the summit of Green Gable. 

From Green Gable the path coninues down to Gillercomb head and onwards to Brandreth which your be happy to know is a nice easy ascent . From Brandreth the route follows the fence line to the summit of Grey Knotts and is nice flat which leaves us time to enjoy the views and admire the wonderful scenery 

Our decent will be to the north west and drops down back on to the Moses trod path that we started our day on, Following the same track down to Drum house, crossing the tramway to climb up to to the Honister Quarries to meet the ridge by Black Star and follow it along to the summit of Fleetwith Pike. From here we will make our decent back down to the past the war memorial to the road side where we started our day 


Summits included in the route

  • Haystacks             597 meters / 1959 feet
  • Great Gable          899 meters / 2929 feet
  • Green Gable         801 meters / 2628 feet
  • Brandreth             715 meters / 2346 feet
  • Grey Knotts          679 meters / 2287 feet
  • Fleetwith Pike      648 meters / 2126 feet
    Great gable guided walk .


    What gear do I need ? 

    • Once we have picked up your booking we will send you a detailed packing list of everything your need 

    How fit do I need to be ?

    • It depends on the walk that would like to do, We ask that everyone has a basic level of fitness and books a walk that is suitable to there fitness levels . We are more than happy to have a chat with you if your unsure. 

    Do I need my own transport? 

    •  We ask that people arrange there own transport however if you struggling we are more than happy to offers you a lift to and from a central location. Alternatively if there is a large group we can arrange transport to suit that .