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" Dylan leads Great Gable "

Date & start time:     20th February 2018, 10.45 am start.

Location of Start :    Honister Hause car park, Honister, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 225 135 )

Places visited :         Grey Knotts, Brandreth Green Gable, Great Gable, Mosses Trod.

Walk details :             6.5 mls, 2575 ft of ascent, 4 hrs 15 mins (approx).

Highest point :          Great Gable 2,949ft - 899m.

Walked with :            Jack, Matt, Lauren and Sam and  the dogs, Dolly and Dylan.

Weather :                    Sunshine . . . a lovely winter's day.

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Our second grandson Matt has arrived

and together the four "youngsters" set off for a day on the high fells. 

Their choice is Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Green Gable, with the chance to extend the walk to Great Gable if conditions permit.

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" Walking by proxy "

As you may have gathered, I passed on this walk

so all the photos from today have been provided by

Jack, Sam or Matt.


They take Dylan and Dolly with them again

whilst Ann and I stay home with Harry.


[ Today our landscape gardener was due to arrive

and do some serious digging in the paddock,

the photos from which are now on line ]


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The first view down into Borrowdale from their ascent of Grey Knotts.

Climbing higher . . .

Up through the rocks and into the snow.

Fortunately not too much to slow progress.

The Helvellyn Ridge in the distance as the summit of Grey Knotts is reached.

A high ridge walk across to Brandreth gave them views down into Buttermere.

Ahead a view of Ennerdale.

. . . and one of my favourite views which takes in both valleys in one picture.

Haystacks and the High Stile Ridge lead away from the centre of the photo.

Four lakes are also visible, Ennerdale to the left, Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater to the right.

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An ascent of Green Gable

and the weather is good enough

and the snow conditions easy enough

to head on to Great Gable itself.


This is the view of the climb up the steep section

after Windy Gap.


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The top of Great Gable . . .

Dolly, not normally a mountain dog, has coped really well.

Sam seems to be contemplating the need for a pair of gloves.

Slightly breezy on the top . . .
. . . time for an extra layer perhaps.

Group photo on the top of Great Gable.

The summit of Scafell Pike, seen in the distance to the left of Sam, is higher by just 250 feet.

To the west of the summit area there's a good view of Wast Water.

Beautiful mountain conditions without the complications of heavy snow.

This is the view to the north west with Haycock, the Scoat Fell / Pillar ridge and the High Stile ridge to the right.

Time to be heading down . . .

Dolly has learnt that the darker bits are less slippery.

Chance to glissade down some of the shorter sections of snow.

Nearing Beck Head . . .
. . . the snow gully seems a good option.
Follow the leader . . .
. . . but "don't take you eye off the ball".

Down below the snow line the route home follows Mosses Trod.

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A quick photo shoot

as Dolly earns the right

to wear a real mountain hat.


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. . . which remarkably seems to stay on while she trots along the trod.

The path meets up with the old dram road which carried slate over the fell and down to Honister Hause.

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I don't know about Sam's hat


but I know that the refreshments at Honister Cafe


were very welcome after their often cold walk.


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Dolly makes it home to a cosy warm fire.

I think both she and Dylan will sleep well tonight.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Sam's, Jack's or Matthews cameras or phones.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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Previous walk - 19th February 2018 - Jack and Friends in Loweswater

A previous time up here - 8th April 2014 - Great Gable with Alexander

Next walk - 21st February 2018 - Low Fell, Fellbarrow and a Run