Great Gable via Beck Head

Name of walk Great Gable via Beck Head
Date of walk 2012-09-05
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Good visibility
Peaks on walk Great Gable
Yesterday Ged, Kas and I went to Wasdale Head to climb Great Gable (2949ft) which we last climbed two years ago in snow. This time we would take the Moses Trod path up to Beck Head then ascend the rocky ridge to the summit. We have been waiting for a good visibility day in order to do this walk. From the summit there are excellent views down to Wasdale, Ennerdale, the Buttemere Valley and Borrowdale….so no point doing his walk in poor weather!!
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We stopped at Wast Water to look down the lake to Great Gable, centre.

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Great Gable.

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We parked at Wasdale Head and headed for the church. Great Gable ahead. Our route goes up the grass and then off left to the col at Beck Head. Did I mention it was steep?

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Looking over Wasdale into Mosedale.

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St. Olaf's dates from 1550. The churchyard contains the graves of many climbers who died on the surrounding fells. Maybe not the best precursor to a mountain climb!!

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The church is tiny!

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Our route up. Great Napes on the right of Great Gable.

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Ged crossing the bridge, Wast Water in the background.

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The grass section is steep, but easy on the feet.

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The scree section is less steep but slippery under foot.

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Looking over to Kirk Fell

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After reaching Beck Head we then head up the ridge which is a mixture of grass then scree and rock. Looking back to Kirk Fell on the left and a view into Ennerdale.

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Then there is a small section of scrambling up over rock and large boulders before it levels off to smaller boulders and back to large scree nearer the summit. Looking back down after the small climbing section. I`m glad we were going up and not down! Not a route to use if it is icy!

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"Back a bit, a bit more....."

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Great views from the ridge down into Ennerdale. With the naked eye you could see Black Sail Hut. Crummock Water on the far right. Kirk Fell and Pillar on the left. Haystacks and the High Stile range on the right.

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The whole vista in panorama to include Grasmoor etc on the far right.

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We drag ourselves away from the view and make for the summit memorial

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Summit view.

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We then head for the precipitous views just below the Westmoreland Cairn. Looking straight down Little Hell Gate into Wasdale.

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We stop for lunch here. Kas is now on the lead! Behind Ged and Kas is Scafell Pike, Scafell and the Piers Gill route up to Lingmell....a walk we plan to do soon.

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The Westmoreland Cairn is just above us. The Langdale Pikes and Sprinkling Tarn on the right.

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A Panorama that shows the Corridor Route up to Scafell Pike

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View down Great Hell Gate to the valley below. There were climbers on the rocks below.

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Back up at the Westmoreland Cairn.

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The last view from the summit before we head down to Sty Head Tarn via the Breast Route.

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The Helvellyn range at the back.

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Sprinkling Tarn, Allen Crags, Esk Pike and Bowfell directly across. The Langdale Pikes on the left.

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A view down to Sty Head Tarn. There is a good pitched path for most of the way down.

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Panoramic view down Borrowdale and across to Seathwaite Fell and Glaramara.

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The route down is also steep, but easy. We make for the stretcher box at the confluence of the paths.

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Ahhh! Five more minutes!

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More rock climbers as we descend the high level scree path back to Wasdale.

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Nearing the end of the path.

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View back up the scree path.

An excellent walk. About six miles long with lots of interest. It took us about five and a half hours, but we were not rushing.

 

 

Jo.
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