Great Gable

With fine weather forecast yesterday I headed out to enjoy one of my favourite walks. Honister to Great Gable. There was a slight twist on this occasion as my intention wasn’t to go to the summit of Great Gable but rather to walk round it on the high level traverse which Alfred Wainwright described as the Gable Girdle.The traverse allows mere walkers such as myself the opportunity to view at close hand some fine Lakeland climbing territory and the likes of Sphynx Rock, Napes Needle and Kern Knotts.

Honister Crag and Dale Head

Honister Crag and Dale Head looked magnificent in the morning light as I made my way onto Grey Knotts.

Coast to Coast

Looking along the eastern side of Honister Pass which leads down to Seatoller.

Morning Light

The sun steaming through the clouds and lighting patches of the fells made it all the more atmospheric.

Great Gable

There off in the distance, darkened, is Great Gable, behind Green Gable. I didn’t like the look of that cloud.

Pillar and High Stile

Freezing temperatures overnight.

Ennerdale and Buttermere

From Grey Knots, Pillar with Ennerdale behind, Haystacks and the High Stile group as well as Buttermere and Crummock all come into view. Walkers who have enjoyed the Coast to Coast will be familiar with this view.

Gable Girdle

Making a start on the high level traverse. Wasdale, visited on our Inn Way to the Lake District holiday, sits beneath.

Sphynx Rock

The Sphynx Rock.


It’s great fun winding your way through the rocks, but that cloud was risking coming down and spoiling my view.


If you look carefully you can make out a rock pinnacle known for obvious reasons as Arrowhead and lower to the right is Napes Needle.


Waswater and the head of Wasdale. Low cloud preventing me from seeing out to the coast.


Heading for home, at the end of the day and still the pools were frozen from the night before.

So, not the bright clear day I’d hoped for but thoroughly enjoyable walk out nonetheless.

Client Feedback

There is very little to find fault with – all went as planned.

Would you use Mickledore again? Yes. Our second with you. Have recommended you many times to fellow Canadians/Americans.

Cleveland Way, August 2017
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It was an excellent holiday. Everything that you did organise worked perfectly. The B&B’s were all of high quality (I’d say better than I expected!), the people friendly without fail, and all arrangements were as ordered. We were seldom asked for a booking reference or anything, everyone already knew.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, July 2017
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All in all, we had a fabulous experience and an absolutely wonderful walk. We walked through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, which was really special. It was very tough in places, and there were moments when I didn’t think I could keep going, but the sense of achievement at the end was worth every challenging mile, and we have already recommended you to several of our walking friends. We will definitely be back to do another walk with you. Thank you for everything.

Coast to Coast, July 2017
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