Walk                           :  Haystacks (1,900ft) from Gatesgarth

Date                           :  28th September 2011

Weather                    :  Hot and sunny


Distance                   : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 30 mins to summit


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




“Haystacks, stands unabashed and unashamed in the midst of a circle of much loftier fells like a shaggy terrier in the company of foxhounds” was how Wainwright

described this dramatic little fell. It’s a fine walk and a very interesting top of which to explore. It has commanding views all around and is very accessible from

Gatesgarth Farm at the bottom of the Honister Pass



The walk starts from the car park at Gatesgarth Farm and an open track crosses a field to where the climb starts. Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag

dominate the view



Across the track and the start of the climb



The path then swings left and climbs steeply



Out of the wooded area now and the towers of Haystacks come into view



Higher still now and aiming towards Low and High Wax Knott on the way to Scarth Gap



Looking back towards Gatesgarth and the southern end of Buttermere



Looking across to Fleetwith Pike



Onward towards Scarth Gap



Scarth Gap and marvellous views of Kirk Fell and Pillar. This point now marks the start of a bit of scrambling up the north tower of Haystacks



On top of the north tower and looking towards High Crag



The summit cairn on the north tower, just before the drop down to Innominate Tarn



Innominate Tarn



Innominate Tarn and the final resting place of Alfred Wainwright, his ashes are scattered here



Looking across to the massive bulk of Great Gable from Innominate Tarn



A path from the tarn leads to Warnscale and here a classic view of Buttermere and Crummock Water



Further round on the path and looking towards the High Stile range



The path leads round to the western flank of Fleetwith Pike where a very decent track can be picked up that takes you all the way back to Gatesgarth



On the path down



Looking back to Haystacks from the descent path



Back down at the Honister Pass and looking south back to Fleetwith Pike



A lingering last look back at Hayustacks


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