Western Lake District

Route: Haystacks

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 10th April 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.6 miles

Weather: Sunny but hazy

I parked in the car park at Gatesgarth having made an early start as Haystacks is a popular fell. I crossed over Peggy’s Bridge and made the fairly gentle ascent to Scarth Gap. Beyond this point the going gets harder and there are a few scrambly sections where hands are a help and walking poles a hindrance

The mountain scenery is magnificent and dramatic, and it’s no wonder that this is Wainwright’s favourite fell. There are two summit cairns on Haystacks and I visited both of them before setting off on the complicated terrain at the back of the fell. I hadn’t seen anyone else up to this point, and it was only on the descent that I passed by a few other walkers

I followed Warnscale Beck back down to Gatesgarth, a route which is full of interest and beauty

It was a shame that the long distance views, in particular the classic view along Buttermere and Crummock Water, were shrouded in haze but there’s so much to see at close quarters that this didn’t spoil the day and it was a great mountain excursion

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