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How to reach the Great Gable summit in the Lake District

The peak of Great Gable has captivated plenty of Lakeland walks over the years as it is one of the most stunning goals of fell walkers that head to the Lake District.  The 899m high summit is found in the western corner of Lakeland and it is a centrally found from the western corner or Borrowdale which is where many of the ascent routes start out at.  If the Great Cable tempts you, then you may want to quickly browse over the following walking routes to see which one matches up with your individual hill walking needs.

One of the most popular routes is the Seathwaite trail that shares a trailhead with the Scafell Pike path near the head of Borrowdale.  There is a wide path that goes up the Borrowdale valley from Seathwaite which is the closest driving point.  From here you will need to climb up the Stockley Brdige to the Sty Head Pass which also leads to the Wasdale Head.  Once you reach Sty Head you will see that the path starts to erode as it steeply slopes over to the route.  The route gets stony and rough but it is the best way to reach the top and the quickest, if you can deal with the incline.

You can also follow the same trek up to the Wasdale Head and then head up to the Sty Head side by taking the Wasdale side instead of going up the steep Borrowdale side.  A quick look upwards will show that the path is almost equally steep but it will get you there.  In addition, you can also go up Beck Head and you will find a gentler approach with views that allow you to look over the Upper Ennerdale and follow the path up to the peak.


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