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Introduction to Scrambling – Great Gable via Honister

Introduction to Scrambling – Great Gable via Honister

15th April @ 08:30 13:00


Great Gable doesn’t only hold one of the best Lake District views, the scramble up to the summit from green gable provides a brilliant taste of hands on rock without getting too edgy. The summit stretches views down Wasdale, after using your hands and feet to ascend in true scrambling style, making it that little bit more satisfying to achieve.

We will start the walk from Honister Pass, heading south-west towards Great Gable.

Great Gable stands at an impressive 899 metres and is one of the highest peak in the Lake District’s Western Fells, giving amazing views of the surrounding fells and the nearby valleys.

This walk will include the peaks of Green Gable and Brandreth with the final summit up Grey Knott where you will enjoy sights across the whole of Buttermere Valley and Derwent Fells.

There is plenty of parking at the Honister Slate Mine which charges £5 for the day (refundable if you spend £10 in their gift shop) or tucked away behind the youth hostel is a National Trust car park which is free for members.

Hike Stats

Event Type: Medium Hike

Distance: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: 4/5 – Good level of fitness required

Duration: Approximately 6 hours including lunch and breaks

Peaks: Great Gable, Green Gable, Brandreth, Grey Knott

Where to Meet

We will be meeting at the Honister Slate Mine car park at 08:00am, aiming to commence the walk at 08:30am.

It is important to note that mobile phone signal can be very limited in the Lake District national park with the other challenge of some roads not actually being listed on Google Maps.

For this reason, we would recommend saving “Cumbria” as a offline map to your mobile device, allowing turn by turn navigation even with no mobile internet. If you are unsure how to do this, please read our blog post here.

We also recommend downloading the what3words app to your mobile phone. This allows navigation to unlisted roads/places using simply a three word phrase.

what3words phrase: ///inviting.tango.inflation

National Trust Honister Pass car park, Honister Pass, Seatoller,
Keswick,CumbriaCA12 5XNUnited Kingdom
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Please take some time to read our FAQs. If the question you need answering is not listed, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.

Can I bring my dog?

Well trained dogs are allowed on our low level walks only.

What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Our full refund and cancellation policy can be found here.

Is there a minimum age limit?

On our scramble and advanced hikes the minimum age is 16 accompanied by an adult. For our low-level walks all ages are welcome with under 16s being accompanied by an adult.

What kit do I need ?

A full required kit list can be found below.

Kit List

Make sure you have all items with you before attending one of our guided walks. These will be checked before starting and entry refused in some cases.

Waterproof Jacket & Trousers

Even if it is forecast blue skies all day the Lake District is known for its rapidly changing weather conditions. Attendees should be prepared for these sudden weather changes bringing appropriate waterproof jackets and over trousers.

Warm clothing

When it comes to hiking, layering is key to staying comfortable and safe on the trail. The layering system is a way to dress in layers that can be added or removed as the temperature and activity level change. It allows you to adapt to the changing conditions and stay comfortable throughout your hike. For a full breakdown, take a look at our blog post here.

Hiking boots/Trail Shoes

Hiking boots or trail shoes are essential, strictly no wellies.


We recommend a minimum of 20L rucksack will be needed to carry all items necessary for one of our guided walks.


For our medium hikes and scrambles we would recommend carrying a minimum of 1L of water. On the Low Level walks 500ml should suffice.

Head torch

This is a critical piece of equipment even for walks that will be starting during daylight hours.

Packed Lunch

Food for half way break, giving some much needed energy for the descent.