Great Gable Remembrance Service


Of all the services that took place on Remembrance Sunday, the one held on top of Great Gable is perhaps the most iconic in the Lake District.

The first remembrance service was held on the summit in 1924 after the Fell and Rock Climbing Club had purchased the land containing Great Gable, in memory of their members who had died during the Great War.

A bronze tablet inscribed with the names of the fallen members of the FRCC was carried up to the summit and put in position in 1924, where it remained until earlier this year, when two spelling errors were identified on the plaque. A replacement was commissioned ahead of the centenary of the Great War. Royal Engineers from RAF Leeming carried out the replacement which involved transporting the 40 kilo plaque by stretcher on and off the fell.

The fell top remembrance service has grown in popularity with hundreds of walkers making the 2-3 hour trek to the summit. There is another service held on top of Castle Crag in Borrowdale, a more manageable 915ft in height compared to Great Gable’s 2949ft. 

There are lots of different routes to the summit. You can start from Wasdale, Borrowdale, Buttermere or the top of Honister Pass. From the summit, the view is all encompassing – the Scafells, the Helvellyn range, Pillar & Ennerdale, a truly stunning vista, a truly memorable spot to contemplate the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.