Great Gable and Glaramara, Cum­bria

Trail Running (UK) - - Routes - ■ Jen and Sim Ben­son www.je­nand­sim­ben­son.co.uk

Start­ing at the south­ern­most end of Seath­waite, one of the three off­shoots of the beau­ti­ful Bor­row­dale val­ley, this route re­wards hard graft with some of the best views in Cum­bria – and even some great op­por­tu­ni­ties for a re­fresh­ing wild swim. It be­gins with a scram­ble up Sour­milk Ghyll which takes you into the heart of a combe, dwarfed by the sur­round­ing moun­tains. From here it’s a steep zigzag up onto Green Gable, a leg-sap­ping dip through Windy Gap and then some glo­ri­ous ridge run­ning over Great Gable. A steep de­scent to Sty­head fol­lowed by an­other long as­cent gains an­other in­cred­i­ble ridge over Allen Crags and the sum­mit of Glaramara. The fast, fu­ri­ous de­scent back to Seath­waite is a great test of the nerve and legs to fin­ish.

Hop­ping across rock pools at the top of Sour Milk Gill

Seath­waite Farm car park, NY 234121 Great Gable sum­mit, NY 211103 OS Ex­plorer OL4; Har­vey Bri­tish Moun­tain Map, Lake District Fell­pack café, Keswick, CA12 5BS, NY 266233 (N of route)

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