A featured fell is my way of studying each fell in turn and recording thoughts and observations.
There are very few fells I feel sorry for, but Green Gable is one, maybe Little Mell Fell is another. They are smaller than their immediate neighbours and often visited incidentally en route to "Big Brother" next door. However, Green Gable is 2603ft asl and cannot be ignored.
I've put arrows above the fells, to help the uninitiated. If Windy Gap wasn't there (and I'm not putting an arrow on the photo for that), there would be no Green Gable as it would all be one and what is more, Great Gable would be a little less Great. On my first visit, dad took us to Green first and it is the perfect aperitif, the appetite is well whetted.
Green Gable from Great Gable
Mr.Wainwright says "A thousand people, or more, reach the summit cairn of Green Gable each year, yet it is probably true to say that no visitor to Lakeland ever announced at breakfast that this fell was his day's objective..." Well, I can honestly say that I have made Green Gable my main objective - I left the tent in Seathwaite well before breakfast and got back before the kids in the tent had even woken up. So, depending on available time and/or weather, it is a worthwhile objective.
Green Gable from Grey Knotts
Brandreth is in next in line, then Green, then Great Gable.
Me on top of Green Gable (June 2006)
"It is a pity that most visitors to the summit are in a hurry to get off it..." Quite so, there are shelters and impressive views and everyone en route to Great Gable should pause and consider the mighty bulk of their next destination.
Where: Western Next door to Great Gable; or maybe at the head of Ennerdale, or up to the right from Styhead Tarn.
Suggested Route: Wainwright's GG5 from Seathwaite via Gillercomb - that's the way to do it.
My Frequency: Umpteen
Whilst You're There: Great Gable.
Someone Else's View: Derek Cockell's walk during May 2009. Suffolk Derek - canisfamiliaris
Walk Dates: with links to Reports (on this website) where applicable:
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©