Where Moses Trod
FIVE Wainwright circular walk: Brandreth, Grey Knotts, Base Brown, Green Gable, Great Gable
Time: 8 - 9 hours
Parking: around the 'village green' at Wasdale Head (free)
|Great Gable and Base Brown from Lingmell Col|
|Moses Trod climbing towards the col|
|Across the footbridge|
|Climbing up Moses Trod out of Wasdale|
|Beck Head col|
|Gable Crag and Windy Gap across Stone Cove|
|Walk to the top of Brandreth|
|On Grey Knotts|
7. To vary the return route slightly, wander around the small tarns along the fence that you can follow back towards Brandreth looking out to the east across to Base Brown. If you want to leave this fell for another day, you'll spot the path in the Gillercomb valley below that you can take up from Seathwaite.
|Looking east to Base Brown|
|Heading across the top of Gillercomb|
|The Scafells from the top of Base Brown|
|The view from Green Gable|
11. The cairned path now climbs up steeply across the rocky side of Great Gable but is easy to follow all the way to its peak. Once up onto the summit plateau, a short detour to your right is rewarded with an excellent view from the top of Gable Crag.
|Watching the walkers climbing up from below|
|The Westmorland Cairn|
15. Returning safely to the top of Great Gable, the rest of the route will probably be amongst many other walkers, first trudging down the steps of the main tourist path to Styhead Tarn and then turning right to follow the main trail, traversing down to Wasdale Head. A little more interest can be found by taking the 'Valley Route', following a fainter path below Sty Head. This follows along the course of the Lingmell Beck as it forms a series of pools on its way down to Wast Water. Either way, look back up at Great Gable from Wasdale Head and remember a good day's walk!
|Great Gable from the valley of the Lingmell Beck|
Worth knowing: The start and finish of the route, in Wasdale Head, passes by the small church of St.Olaf's, surrounded by trees. It's an old church that has more recently built an association with the mountaineering community. In its small churchyard, you'll find the memorial plaque of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club and another dedicated to four climbers who died in a fall on Scafell in 1903, the first time an entire party of roped climbers had met their deaths together.