Grey Knotts, Brandreth, Green Gable and Great Gable

  • Distance: 7.6 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard

Honister slate mine is well worth a visit, their labyrinth of mines and extreme activities make for an adventurous day out. For this walk, park at the mine’s and take the climb up to Grey Knotts from the car park. The following three fells form a line, the final being Great Gable, the largest of the three.

Upon the reaching the summit ridge, the ramble takes you up and down various slight climbs and dips. On reaching Great Gable, the climb becomes a little more difficult and at times there’s a need to steady yourself using your hands, but the hike itself is not greatly difficult.

From the top of Great Gable, there are fantastic views over Wasdale. The descent down from Great Gable is quite steep. Following on from there you can make your way over to Moses Trod. And then follow the track back to Honister Slate Mine, where it’s possible to buy food and refreshments from the Sky Hi Café.

View of Great Gable looming ever larger in the background. Photography by Andrew Locking