Great Gable and Glaramara, Cumbria
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)