Great Gable – (7) Western Fells

Wainwright 7 – Book 7 ‘ Western Fells’

Height: 2,949ft – 899m

Grid reference: NY 211 103




Walks Including Great Gable:


There’s Sprinkling Tarn ahead of us.  The two prominent fells Western Fells on the left are Great Gable and Green Gable (to the right of the gully) whose ridge runs down to Base Brown.  Behind the ‘dip’ of the ridge, the darker fell is Brandreth. 

Similar to the photograph above but with the path more clearly visible.

This time with the summit of Great Gable lost in cloud (Green Gable on the right). Sprinkling Tarn on the right.

Photograph again taken from Sprinkling Tarn with Great Gable on the left and Green Gable on the right.

Mila crossing the stepping stones across Sprinkling Tarn with Great Gable and Green Gable in the background.

Where’s Mila gone?

A dramatic photograph of Great Gable, Green Gable leading along the ridge to Base Brown and behind Brandreth and to the right I think It’s Dale Head; with the Northern Fells in the distance.  Taken from near Esk Hause on the route up to Scafell Pike.


Kirk Fell on the left with Great Gable in the centre from the route up to Scafell Pike with Green Gable on the right.

Great Gable; Green Gable with the ridge forking down to Base Brown then Brandreth (behind the ‘dip’).  Sprinkling Tarn is the larger of the two tarn seen below.  Photograph taken near Ill Crag not far from the summit of Scafell Pike.

An impressive view of Great Gable from the summit of Scafell Pike (the Northern Fells in the distance) .

The majestic sight of Great Gable.  Photograph taken from the descent from Scafell Pike (as we headed for Styhead Tarn).


Left to right: lower slopes of Robinson leading onto High Snockrigg then down onto Rannerdale Knotts, jutting out into Crummock Water.  In front of High Snockrigg you have the lower end of Whiteless Pike known as Whiteless Breast and in front of that you have the lower slopes of Grasmoor with Lanthwaite Wood at the bottom left hand of the photograph.  The grey fell behind High Snockrigg (on the left) is Comb Head then after the dip it’s Glaramara. The darker fell in front is Fleetwith Pike then Brandreth; the triangular summit is Green Gable then Great Gable with its more rounded summit.  Then Broad Crag and Kirk Fell.  High Crag on the right with its slopes going down to Buttermere (lake) followed by High Stile and the lower slopes of Red Pike.  Finally, Haystacks is the fell to the right if centre directly in front of Great Gable.  Photograph taken from Low Fell.

Rannerdale Knotts from Fellbarrow

Almost the same photograph as above, but this time with a clearer view of High Stile and Red Pike (with the corner of Mellbreak in the bottom right of the photograph), also taken from Low Fell.