Green Gable is a fell in the
English Lake District often traversed by walkers on route to its more
famous neighbour Great Gable. It can be ascended from Honister Pass,
Seathwaite in Borrowdale, or Ennerdale.
There are good views of
Gable Crag, Scafell Pike and the Buttermere valley from the summit.
The Western Fells occupy
a triangular sector of the Lake District, bordered by the River Cocker
to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the hills
diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland.
At the central
hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites, while two
principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the western fells
in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild valley.Green
Gable stands to the north east of its mightier sibling.
Great Gable rise at the head of Ennerdale, the infant River Liza
tumbling down from their connecting col Windy Gap and to their backs
they have the walkers' pass of Sty Head, connecting Borrowdale to
Green Gable has a footing in Borrowdale only, standing
to the north of the pass.
It is from Ennerdale that the fell
achieves a peaked "gabled" outline, although only the lower slopes could
be considered green as the summit is a desert of stones.
Taking Great Gable as the pivot
of the Western Fells, the northward arm begins over Green Gable, before
swinging round over Brandreth and Haystacks to begin the long northern
wall of Ennerdale.
Green Gable also has a secondary ridge to the
north east, culminating in the separate fell of Base Brown.
Windy Gap (2,460 ft) stands a
little way to the south west of the summit, at the bottom of a stony
On the Ennerdale side is Stone Cove, not named by chance
as they are yards deep.
The south eastern descent leads down
Aaron Slack. "Slack" is the dialect word for scree and this too is a
rough chute leading down to Sty Head Pass.
Sty Head Tarn lies at
the bottom of the Slack, a large pool in a scooped out hollow, the
outlet blocked by boulders. It is 30 ft deep and reputed to contain
Green Gable's eastern face contains the slight hollow of Mitchell Cove,
its stream joining Styhead Gill on the way to Borrowdale.
northern corner is the ridge to Base Brown, the flat topped depression
of Blackmoor Pots.
The dale between the Base Brown and Brandreth
ridges is Gillercomb, a classic hanging valley.
Its stream, Sour
Milk Gill, exits around the nose of Base Brown via a series of cascades
to Seathwaite. This ensures that all of Green Gable's waters, bar those
from the western face, reach the River Derwent. Brandreth connects via
the narrow ridge of Gillercomb Head, site of a few small pools after wet
The Ennerdale side provides the gentlest slopes, at
least at lower levels, with the long grassy spur of Tongue gradually
rising up the fell. The topmost section however is guarded by Greengable
Crags, stretching around from Stone Cove.
Green Gable has a neat
summit marked by a cairn and would be a famous spot in its own right but
for the looming presence of Great Gable.
The summit is the
perfect position from which to admire Gable Crag, and in all other
directions is undiminished in its view of the Lakeland fells. The view
up the Buttermere valley is perhaps the highlight.
Some of the
ascent routes are those used for Great Gable, in particular those from
From Seathwaite a path runs up beside Sour Milk Gill
into Gillercomb. From here it continues up the flank of the Blackmoor
Pols ridge and onto the summit.
From the top of the Honister Pass
road a contouring path runs around Grey Knotts and Brandreth, before
ascending Green Gable via Gillercomb Head.
This path can also be
used to access Moses Trod, a high level route from Honister to Wasdale.
"Moses" was a dubious figure in local stories, a quarryman from
Honister who doubled as a trader-cum-whisky smuggler between the
A route from Seathwaite not designed for the
ascent of Great Gable can be found by climbing up Styhead pass and then
branching off into Mitchell Cove, following the beck almost to the
summit. Aaron Slack can also be used.
If starting the ascent from
Ennerdale, a long walk up the valley can culminate in either a climb up
Stone Cove to Windy Gap, or a slightly easier ascent of the Tongue to
reach Gillercomb Head.
Indirect climbs via Brandreth or Base
Brown are also possible.
routes near Green Gable