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" Great Gable from Honister "
Date & start time: Tuesday 31st May 2011, pm start.
Location of Start : The Honister Slate Mine, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 225 135 )
Places visited : The Dram Road, Moses Trod, Green Gable, Great Gable, Beck Head and back via Moses Trod.
Walk details : 6.1 mls, 2200 ft of ascent, 5 hrs 30 mins.
Highest point : Great Gable, 2949 ft - 899 m.
Walked with : Cathy and Sam, Paula and Tom.
Weather : Overcast but some sunshine, with a little rain just at the start.
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Today, while Ann and Jenna took the younger children to Eskdale and La'al Ratty,
Cathy and Paula took the older boys up onto the high fells.
The weather wasn't quite so sunny but it was still relatively kind to them as they climbed Great Gable from Honister.
Our two older girls wanted an outing onto the high fells so they chose to park at Honister and climb up through the mines
to the two classic high fells we can see from our garden here in Loweswater.
Tom leads his mum up the pitched path out of the mines.
The rain has passed over and is now filling the famous rain gauge in the Borrowdale Valley.
Ahead of them at the far end of the Dram Road,
they got a clear view of Pillar Rock, the famous climbing crag on the northern side of Pillar Fell.
The sunshine and dappled cloud illuminates the Buttermere Valley,
all the way down to Loweswater and out to the Solway Coast.
A brief stop on Moses Trod to enjoy a biscuit and check the map.
Sam doing a Kate Winslett on the approach to Green Gable.
Zoom on the camera foreshortens the path
as the boys climb up past the cairns towards the summit of Green Gable.
Touching the top, perhaps even adding a stone to the summit cairn.
Venturing higher onto Great Gable
there were patches of mountain mist which added to the atmosphere of the climb.
Gable Summit attained.
The view from Gable down into the Wasdale Valley.
Ann and Jen are down there with the two little ones at the coast, enjoying the sunshine and blue skies.
From Gable they descended to Beck Head, cutting the corner slightly to reach Moses Trod below Gable Crags.
The views down Ennerdale include Pillar, High Stile and the remote Black Sail Youth Hostel in the valley below Haystacks.
Moses Trod leads from Honister under the crags of Great Gable and over to Wasdale,
It is a well defined path and one which takes them back to their starting point at Honister Mines.
The hanging valley that drains the slopes of Brandreth and Fleetwith Pike has the Dubbs Quarry spoil heaps to the right.
These are part of the Honister Slate Mine and the old quarry building is now a mountain bothy.
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A good walk under their belt, Cathy, Paula, Sam and Tom return to Loweswater to tell us all about their day.
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The following evening, the holiday week continued with a family visit to the Bamboo Restaurant in Cockermouth.
Jenna with the two younger children.
We had the choice of excellent Chinese or Thai food and shared a large table for eleven at the back of the restaurant that night.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Cathy or Paula's digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . An extra day off work so that I could have joined them.
Previous walk - 31st May 2011 La'al Ratti with Abi and Alexander
A previous time up here - 30th May 2006 Gable with Cathy and Richard, and the boys
Next walk - 2nd June 2011 Mellbreak with the Family