8th November 2009
Every year on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, 11th November, there is a service of remembrance at the summit of Great Gable. It's the first time that I've decided to join the walkers heading to this event. I parked at Seatoller NT car park and headed for Seathwaite. The plan was to meet other members of the Online Fellwalking Club at the summit, they were walking from Honister....
The Memorial Tablet
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk
This is the tarmac stretch to Seathwaite at 07:30, quite dull and there's a dampness in the air.
I'm crossing the bridge and many walkers would climb up beside Sour Milk Gill, but my route would take me along to Taylorgill Force. It's my usual alternative route to the one which goes over Stockley Bridge.
Base Brown's Gullies
I am a bit of an adventurer, the gullies have often captured my imagination and my own research on the 'net had not revealed any other walkers ascending BB via the gullies. Perhaps this was because BB is just a stepping stone to Green Gable, a once only visit to the fellbaggers; or maybe it's not a safe route. Anyway, I chose the right gully and set off.
Up the Gully
I have to say that this was very hairy. Please don't follow me up this route, the scree is loose and, on my visit, very slippery. This is a dangerous place. It took me a very long time to get up here and I couldn't turn back for safety reasons, I very nearly left my rucksac to lessen the weight and control my stability. Never again.
Procession on Green Gable ascent
Green Gable Summit
Crowds gathering on Great Gable
David Dimmock and Neil Haslewood
The above photo preceeded the short service and the rest of the photos are after the event.
Jo Hall and Peter Burgess
Green Gable Summit - again
The route back was over Green Gable and away down to Brandreth and Grey Knotts.
Roger shares out the treats
We waited a long time for a little brightness and here it was as we looked down Gillercomb
Buttermere and Crummock Water
Possibly the best view of the day as the cloud begins to lift and the mountains are revealed.
Great Gable is illuminated
My friends' vehicles were parked here and Dave offered to give me a lift down to Seatoller. Numpty me left my rucksac in his car, fortunately I got hold of him by mobile phone before he had got out of Keswick, otherwise I'd have had an un-necessary trip into Yorkshire.
Time taken: 7hrs over a distance of around 9 miles
Route: Seatoller, Seathwaite, Taylorgill Force, Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Honister.
Weather and conditions: Dull, brightening up late on
Greetings Count: High, solitude seekers keep away.
Richard's Refreshment Review: No report today, journey home was direct. Sorry :-(
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2009 ©