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September 2005 - The Four Brothers Walk - Green Gable via Grey Knotts and Brandreth.

In September 2005 the four Tappin brothers, Clive, David, Peter and Stephen, spent a rare week together in the Lake District. We could easily be compared to "The Last of the Summer Wine" as our combined ages totalled 233 years!

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A walk against the elements - March 2007 - Lingmoor Fell
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This walk started from the car park at the Honister Pass Quarry. The path is reached by crossing the quarry yard opposite the low wall, through a gate and on to a path leading directly up the fell alongside a fence. This path is better than it looks from the car park but on reaching the first crag avoid the boulder strewn mini-gully by turning left and following around the crag. Here David is showing off his scrambling skills as we make our way round the rocky outcrop; this is the most technical part of the walk and is really just an enjoyable 15 foot, hands on climb with a bit of a high first step. Looking back to the approaches to Honister Pass; we had climbed up using the fence as a route guide and only leaving it to round the crag. We are now close to the summit of Grey Knotts.
     
Looking towards Brandreth after leaving Grey Knotts, the summit is above the line of the fence and shows the way on the right of the photo. Great Gables and Green Gables are somewhere ahead obscured by the cloud. Sheltering from the cold wind as we have a spot of lunch on the summit of Brandreth; the weather has improved slightly and Green Gable was now just visible below the cloud base. Leaving Brandreth for the easy stroll to the base of Green Gable we were treated to a view of both summits as the cloud lifted off Great Gable; Peter and Steve were leading. The path can just be made out snaking around the left of the crag to continue along the gently rising ridge towards the summit above Windy Gap.
     
Summit photo on Green Gable; I wonder who built the shelter?
Left to right, Peter, Stephen, myself (Clive) and David
Looking towards Ennerdale and Buttermere valleys from the northern end of Green Gable summit. The very aptly named Windy Gap and the very steep path to the summit of Great Gable, not on our agenda this time. Just trying to stand still in the Gap to take a photo was an art in itself; we estimated the wind to be in excess of 60 mph.
     
Coming off Green Gable and down Windy Gap entails walking (if you can call it walking) down two steep scree slopes. Looking back it seems much less troublesome after you've done it, however, you do feel a bit of a wimp when overtaken at speed by four female fell runners! The route back to the car park and civilisation. The circular walk was around 7 miles and has lots of glorious views especially of Ennerdale and Buttermere Valleys. Although the weather was clearing, for most of the walk heavy cloud had been scurrying across and around the Fell tops adding drama to the views. We did certainly feel that we had achieved something by completing this rather windswept walk.   
Start of the Walk
David's scrambling skills
looking back to Honister Pass
Looking towards Brandreth
Sheltering from the wind
Summit Photo
Looking towards Ennerdale and Buttermere valleys
Windy Gap
Coming off Green Gable
The route back
     
The weather was good at this point. We left the parking area and turned right to find our path opposite Blea House where we turned to the right to begin the accent The steep field path leading up from the road, Blea House can just be seen. The valley below is Mickleden at the head of Great Langdale. Side Pike, the large ‘hump’ is the termination of Lingmoor Fell and our route down. The height gain is rapid (in relative terms!) and here we are having a rest overlooking Blea Tarn. John is striding off to take some video of us ascending. Videoing the walk is not easy, you ether have to be in front, which means racing ahead or lagging behind and then having to catch up. Ether way it takes a lot of energy just to make those short video clips.
     
David and Kath waiting for John and I to finish our photo shoot. Wainwright described these Firs as ‘beautiful’, however, that was a long time ago and even he would chuckle if I said today, “they look as wizened as he was” Bless his cotton socks! This was a turning point and we had to "hop" over a wire fence to continue on our way to the top. This is what we faced having climbed past the fir trees. At this point the weather started to test our resolve to reach the summit, the wind gathered all the rain it could find and throw it at us, even blowing Kath over although she was uninjured. We could see we were nearing the top and so we ploughed bravely (?) on. A soggy looking John checks his camera on the ridge path that leads to the summit, however no long-distance views today!
     
Looking back at our route after we found shelter from the wind and rain that came from the west, the wall on our left only gave us intermittent shelter. Kath and John trying to get a ‘dry’ shot of Lingmoor Tarn, we would have liked to have gone down to the Tarn for a closer look but not in this weather! This shows the narrow confines of the path at this point of the walk across the length of the fell on the west side, but it did afford us some protection from the wind and rain. The path opens up at a steep drop of about 30 or 40 feet. It can be negotiated but with the rocks wet and slippery it is prudent to turn to the right where you will find a zigzag route down to the lower path.
     
The wall that we had followed all along the ridge is then climbed  at a junction,  in the corner is a stile, we use this to gain the other (west) side of the wall and walk with it on our right, eventually meeting a fence that bars the path to Side Pike. We turn left to walk down the fence line as the weather relents, having failed to deter us from our walk. Directly ahead, about a mile away is Blea Tarn. The fence directs us to the road where we turn right to walk a ¼ mile along it before going left to take a path that leads us round Blea Tarn and back to the car. Rain? What rain?  
Overlooking Blea Tarn
The steep field path
Good weather for the start
Fir trees
A tough climb
Looking back on our route
Kath and John
The narrow path
Blea Tarn is ahead
Heading back to the car