To the west of the Cumbrian Mountains, both Great and Green Gable summits offer a pleasant hike.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
When you get to Keswick, head due south towards Rosthwaite, then Seatoller. Take a left along a small road to reach Seathwaite car park.
Take the large path which heads due west and rapidly spawns into a hiking trail (1).
Constantly heading west and after a short but tricky passage where you'll need to use your hands for support, you'll come across a junction.
(2) Ignore the trail to the left and keep heading straight due south-west, reaching the right-hand side of the Sour Milk Gill bank. Cross over slightly before the source and head uphill. Reach the pass that separates Green Gable and Base Brown and continue to the top of Green Gable (801 m).
(3) Head south then south-west leading to the highlight of the day, Great Gable (899 m).
(4) Leave the track to the right coming from Wasdale Head to go left due east, then south-east and downhill towards a large intersection near the Mountain Rescue Kit.
(5) Take the first track on the left which heads towards to Styhead Tarn Lake (6) reaching The outlet stream Styhead Gill. Walk along the left bank, then other to the right and follow the bank before leaving it and heading east. Once you reach the larger stream, Grains Gill, cross over.
(7) Make a 90° turn heading north along the right side of Grains Gill bank which brings you back th Seathwaite and the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 427ft
1 : mi 0.08 - alt. 430ft - Start of the hike
2 : mi 0.51 - alt. 1253ft - Junction
3 : mi 1.81 - alt. 2526ft - Green Gable
4 : mi 2.29 - alt. 2887ft - Great Gable
5 : mi 3.08 - alt. 1568ft - Mountain Rescue Kit
6 : mi 3.37 - alt. 1457ft - Styhead Tarn Lake
7 : mi 4.57 - alt. 633ft - Grains Gill stream
D/A : mi 5.38 - alt. 427ft
Hiking gear necessary and a reliable windproof jacket as there are strong winds.
No water on the hike except for torrents which requires some care.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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