Walk : Haystacks
Date : 28th September 2011
Weather : Hot and Sunny
Route Details : Gatesgarth, Scarth Gap, Haystacks, Green Crag, Warnscale, Gatesgarth
Distance : Approx 5 miles
We had booked a week in the Bowness for the last week in September. The weeks leading up to it were not promising
with rain almost every day, Autumn was setting in. Then hey presto the last week in the month was unbelievable 25°C
heat throughout the week. This excursion of AW’s most revered of fells was an absolute joy. To quote the great man …
“Coupled with a return by the Warnscale route to make a full round journey, the ascent of Haystacks via the pass of
Scarth Gap is a prelude of much merit and beauty to a mountain walk of unique character, the whole distance being
no more than five miles. Save it however for a fine clear day” …. Well they certainly don’t come much finer than today !
Parking the car at the farm was a bit of a struggle, the Ice cream vans out in force doing a roaring trade. Here on the
Start from Gatesgarth farm, with Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag dominating the skyline
Across the track from the farm and the start of the climb
The path then swings to the left and climbs steeply
Out of the wooded area now and the towers of Haystacks come in to view.
Even higher now aiming for the first check points of Low and High Wax Knott
Looking back towards Gatesgarth, and no it’s not a Goodyear blimp just a weird cloud shadow
Looking across over to Fleetwith Pike
Onwards now and the next check point – Scarth Gap
At the top of Scarth Gap now and the breath taking views start to unfold, here Kirk Fell and the bulk of Pillar, but
onward now and a bit of scrambling up the north tower to get to the top of Haystacks
Looking back after the initial climb towards High Crag to the north
Just before the drop down to Innominate Tarn a pause for a photo opportunity
Wainwright requested that his ashes be scattered here. It certainly is worth taking the time out and visiting all of
Haystacks summits, I think that day I must have stayed on top for at least an hour
Looking over towards Great Gable ….
On the way now to Warnscale and here is a classic view of Buttermere and Crummock Water.
Further round now and a sight of the ridge leading towards Crummock Water
Further round still …
Eventually the path leads down the side of Fleetwith Pike and what follows is a gentle steady drop on a decent track
Looking back from the descent now towards Scarth Gap and the “towers” of Haystacks
Back down at the farm now with the sun casting shadows over Fleetwith pike
And where I’ve just come from, a perfect day draws to a close. A love of the lakes ??? – Oh yes !!!
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