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

 

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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